If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, Lloydminster Interval Home and their trained professionals are here to offer support. Call 780-875-0966 or Text 780-808-1777

What is abuse?

Abuse is any behavior used to control, manipulate or injure someone. It can include physical violence, emotional abuse, verbal threats or financial and sexual control. If your partner repeatedly does any of the following, call us.

  • Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking or biting.
  • Threats towards you, your children, your family or pets.
  • Using,or threatening to use, a weapon against you.
  • Keeping or taking your paycheque and controlling financial resources.
  • Putting you down, insulting you, or blaming you.
  • Threatening suicide if you leave.
  • Forcing or pressuring you into sex.
  • Keeping you from seeing family or friends, or going to work

How We Can Help

24 Hour Support and Crisis Line
A Crisis Interventionist is ready to take your call.
780-875-0966 Call collect if you need to.

Our Emergency Shelter can offer you and your children a safe place to stay. We offer free accomodations, food, and necessary transportation.  Figuring out what to do next can be hard, we have staff to support you with these next steps. Connecting you to resources: housing, food, income supports are all part of the process.

We know that everyone’s journey with family violence and crisis is different and many people need continued support services. Continued support through our Community Outreach Services and Dol Mar Manor Transitional housing is also available to support you through this journey.

Being in an abusive relationship can be overwhelming. You may not know what to do next.

That’s where we can help.

BULLYING

Studies indicate that Bullying occurs every 7 minutes
on the playground and every 25 minutes in the classroom.

Cyber Bullying:

  • Electronic bullying, online bullying or cyber harassment.
  • Use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.
  • Cyber bullying inflicts serious harm on the kids and adults who are victimized.
  • It is about power and control; establishing dominance over those they view as weaker.
  • Ways to bully online include sending threatening or insulting messages, spreading hateful rumors, building websites to target others, posting embarrassing pictures and sending unwanted sexual information.

Bullying Behaviour Includes:

  • Hitting, Spitting, Pinching, Biting, Hair Pulling, Kicking, Slapping
  • Name Calling
  • Pushing/Shoving
  • Stealing
  • Humiliating, Being Made Fun Of
  • Gossiping
  • Restraining
  • Ripping Clothing and Destroying Belongings
  • Being Shouted At
  • Invalid Criticism
  • Being Singled Out or Treated Differently

Signs of Bullying:

  • Sudden fear or reluctance to go to school
  • Spending more time alone
  • Spending less time doing activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Grades begin to fall
  • Ripped or torn clothing at the end of the day
  • Frequent cuts or bruises
  • Loss of money or possessions
  • Physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches

Impacts of Bullying

  • Feelings of fear, hurt, anger and anxiety
  • Some victims have a drop in school performance
  • Victim feels like they cannot escape the harassment
  • “Walking on eggshells” if they do not know who the bully is
  • Feel powerless, frustrated, excluded, exposed and embarrassed
  • Fear of losing access to technology if they tell their parents what is happening
  • Depression or suicide

If you are being bullied:

  • Walk away and get to a safe place
  • Avoid places where bullying has happened
  • Talk to someone you trust like your parents, teacher, counselor or coach
  • Talk to the school Principal
  • If you are experiencing cyberbullying, block sender’s messages and do not reply
  • Save the message and forward it to your internet service provider
  • If messages involve threats, contact the police

ELDER ABUSE

Elder Abuse is the infliction of physical, emotional or psychological harm on a vulnerable older adult. Abuse can happen in the elderly person’s own home, family member’s home or in a care facility.

Types of Elder Abuse

  • Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, punching, choking, kicking, spitting, pinching, hair pulling, burning, shooting, stabbing, physical neglect through denial of food or medication, inappropriate personal medical care, rough handling or confinement, force feeding.
  • Emotional/Psychological Abuse: Putting the person down, making fun of activities or talents, twisting reality to make the person think they are crazy, removal of decision making power although the person is competent to make their own decisions, threats of harm, controlling who you see and what you do.
  • Financial Abuse: Misuse of an elderly person’s money or property through trickery, fraud, theft or force, taking cheques, stealing items.
  • Neglect: When an elderly persons basic needs are not being met such as clothing, shelter, medical care, health, personal care, social needs, being locked in or confined to a room.
  • Self Neglect: Behaviour of an elderly person that threatens his/her own health and safety. Self Neglect includes refusal or failure to provide him or herself with adequate food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medication and safety precautions.
  • Sexual Abuse: Unwanted sexual contact including touching, sexual assault or rape.

Indicators

  • Frequent arguments between the elderly person and caregiver
  • Changes in personality or behaviour
  • Signs of injury such as bruises, cuts, scars, dislocations, sprains, fractures
  • Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the elderly person alone
  • Signs of being restrained
  • Malnutrition, weight loss, dehydration
  • Bed sores
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Unsafe living conditions
  • Significant withdrawals from elderly person’s bank account
  • Changes in financial situation
  • Items missing
  • Problems with care facility
  • Changes in will or power of attorney
  • Evidence of inadequate medical care

Dating Violence is

any intentional psychological,

sexual

or physical attack

on one partner by the other in a dating relationship.

Studies show that Dating Violence is a serious problem in Canada. Dating Violence can happen to anyone, of any age.

  • Partner has threatened to hurt you or people close to you
  • Partner has threatened suicide if you end relationship
  • Partner has forced you to watch pornography
  • Partner needs to know where you are at all times
  • Partner acting jealous or possessive
  • Partner decides how you act and how you dress
  • Partner keeps you away from family and friends
  • Partner breaks or throws objects when angry
  • Partner has pressured you to participate in sexual acts
  • Partner has hit, slapped, punched, kicked , bit, pushed or spit on you
  • Partner has come from an alcoholic or violent home
  • Partner becomes angry when using alcohol or drugs
  • Partner degrades, humiliates or insults you
  • Partner calls you names
  • Partner unwilling to talk about feelings
  • Partner blames others for abusive behavior
  • Partner does not allow you to work
  • Partner ridicules your beliefs and values
  • Partner continuously accuses you of flirting or having an affair
  • Partner expects sex in return for paying for a date