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If your partner has threatened or used physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse in the past, this may get worse when you’re pregnant. Don’t feel ashamed. It's not your fault. And don't be afraid to ask for help. There are resources available to help keep you and your baby safe.
Domestic abuse, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of threats of or physical, sexual or emotional violence using power and control. Some women worry about themselves and their children when home is not a safe place, and that worry is very real. Violence, trauma, sexual assault and other forms of abuse affect our health and can have long-term impacts on physical and mental well being.
If you are in a violent or abusive relationship, there are resources that can help you. Transition houses provide safe shelter for women, with or without children. To find a transition house in your area, visit the British Columbia Society of Transition Houses website. Your healthcare provider can also put you in touch with the appropriate resources.
In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or the operator and ask for police.
VictimLINK is a province wide telephone help line for victims of crime including family and sexual violence. VictimLINK operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides service in 130 languages. It will help you find the victim services closest to you. Phone toll free: 1-800-563-0808. For deaf and hearing impaired assistance (TTY): 604-875-0885.
Last Updated: June 2021