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Family and intimate partner violence

It happens mostly to women, and it threatens our basic right to live free of violence.

Help is available

If you or someone you know needs support, call 905-403-0864 or 1-855-676-8515, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If it's an emergency call 911 immediately.

In 2020, police in Peel responded to more than 18,000 incidents of family and intimate partner violence. On average, that’s 50 disputes every day or 2 every hour. That’s just what gets reported. Most incidents are not reported.

Family and intimate partner violence  is any type of controlling or threatening behaviour, physical or sexual violence, or abuse between intimate partners or family members.

In Peel, over 85% of those that report this type of violence are women, with the highest reported rate in the ages 25 to 34. This includes women of any race, sexual orientation, religion or economic background.

Break the silence

Let’s start a conversation about family and intimate partner violence so that we can work together to stop abuse against women in all forms.

Violence and abuse can lead to poor physical and mental health, serious injuries and even homicide.

Other information

Violence against women can take many forms, such as:

  • Physical (hitting, pushing, choking, confining, or grabbing).
  • Psychological or emotional (put-downs, name-calling, threats, manipulative, or frightening actions).
  • Sexual (sexual assault, sexual coercion, forcing someone to engage in degrading or harmful sexual activity or to watch or engage in sexual acts without consent).
  • Economic (taking or withholding income, or not letting a partner participate in making financial decisions, keeping a partner from taking on paid work or disrupting their paid work).
  • Spiritual (belittling or limiting a partner’s ability to take part in spiritual activities, or ‘clerical abuse’ where trusted religious leaders target followers).
  • Stalking or harassment (following a person, showing up at their workplace uninvited, constant emails or phone calls).
  • Cyber-violence (posting demeaning messages, sharing explicit photos without permission, blackmail, spreading gossip or rumours online).
  • Peel Police reported that the highest number of incidents are family and intimate partner violence related.
  • There were 6 intimate partner homicides in Peel Region in 2020.
  • Between 2015 and 2019, there was a 12% increase in the rate of intimate partner disputes reported to Peel Regional Police.
  • 44% of women 15 years of age and older who had ever been in an intimate partner relationship reported experiencing some kind of psychological, physical, or sexual violence in the context of an intimate relationship in their lifetime (since the age of 15).
  • Up to 37% of individuals 20 years or older in Peel have experienced child abuse before the age of 16.
  • In 2020 in Caledon, there were 661 family and intimate partner disputes.

On February 13, 2020, Regional Council unanimously passed a motion for the Region of Peel to work with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, as well as Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and more than 10 community organizations to create ongoing awareness about domestic violence in the Region of Peel.

We want Peel to know about family and intimate partner violence. Help us spread the word. Together, let’s break the silence so we can stop abuse.

FIPV awareness flyers

Peel families and youth struggle to thrive due to family violence, mental health and addictions issues and systemic discrimination. On October 22, 2020 Regional Council adopted Peel's Community Safety and Well-being Plan.

Family violence has been identified as a focus area of the plan.

Learn more about the plan.

We’re thankful for our partners who have worked closely with us to plan and support this important campaign.

  • Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin
  • City of Brampton
  • City of Mississauga
  • Cupid Sting
  • Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
  • Family Transition Place
  • Find Help/211 Central
  • Embrave
  • Newcomers Centre of Peel
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Caledon Detachment
  • Peel Committee Against Women Abuse (PCAWA)
  • Peel Family Education Centre
  • Peel Regional Police
  • Region of Peel
  • Town of Caledon
  • Victim Services of Peel

Caledon/Dufferin Victim Services
Assist victims and those effected by interpersonal violence. Includes helpful descriptions of the different types of violence.

Victim Services of Peel
Helps victims of domestic abuse or traumatic events such as sexual assault, sudden death, and armed robberies.

Signs of an abusive relationship
Recognize the signs of abuse and prevent it before it starts. Answer some simple questions to help identify if you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship.

Finding shelter
Supports people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness; including emergency and transitional shelters, street outreach, support services and help to find permanent housing.

Support for women

Interim Place
Provides shelter, support, counselling and advocacy to help abused women and their children break the cycle of violence.

Violence against women quick reference guide
A comprehensive list of available community services available for women.

Creating a safety plan
A booklet designed to provide women with strategies for when they have experienced or are at risk of experiencing violence to increase safety.

Support for children

Peel Children's Aid Society
Protects children from abuse and neglect and helps parents and caregivers build healthy families. CAS also works with families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues.

Support for seniors

Understanding elder abuse
Learn about the types and signs of elder abuse.

Peel Elder Abuse Support Program
Provides direct support to seniors who have been exploited, abused, and/or are experiencing challenges and struggles associated with abuse, neglect and aging.

Peel Elder Abuse Support Line
Provides telephone support and information 24/7 to seniors or anyone in the community experiencing elder abuse, or for anyone who knows someone who is being mistreated.

Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network
Find a list of community resources to get help.