To address the issue of Violence against Women in the Region of Peel, Peel Public Health is encouraging health care professionals to ask all women about abuse, whether or not indicators of abuse are present.
Myth #2: Woman abuse is not a health issue.
Fact: Woman abuse is a growing public health and social concern. An estimated 25% of Canadian women have experienced violence at the hands of current or past marital partner since the age of 16. The effects of woman abuse can result in a combination of negative physical, emotional, and psychological health outcomes.
Myth #3: Pregnancy is a time when women are safe from abuse.
Fact: Pregnancy increases women's vulnerability to violence and abuse. According to Statistics Canada, 21% of assaulted women reported being assaulted during pregnancy. Many women further reported that they were first abused when their pregnancy began.
Myth #4: Women who separate from their abusive partners or spouses are no longer at risk for abuse.
Fact: The most dangerous time for a woman in an abusive relationship is the first 3-4 months following separation. If you or someone you know is planning on leaving an abusive relationship, Peel agencies can help.
Myth #5: Woman abuse occurs because of alcohol or drug use by the abuser.
Fact: Drug and alcohol abuse are separate issues. While men will often use drug or alcohol use as excuses for their abusive behavior, woman abuse occurs because of the abuser's desire to establish and maintain power and control in the relationship. Ending the abuser's drinking or alcohol problems will not end the abusive behavior. They must be seen and treated as separate issues.
Myth #6: If an abused woman really wanted to leave the relationship, she would.
Myth #7: Woman abuse is a private matter and no one else’s business
Fact: Woman abuse affects the whole community and is considered a criminal offense. Within Canada, certain categories of abuse, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse/assault and criminal harassment (stalking) are crimes under the Criminal Code of Canada.
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