Family and intimate partner violence
It can happen to anyone and it threatens everyone’s basic right to live free of violence.
In 2019, police in Peel responded to more than 19,000 incidents of family and intimate partner disputes. 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 (FIPV) is any type of controlling or threatening behaviour, physical or sexual violence, or abuse between intimate partners or family members.
It's not okay
It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or gender identity. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from.
Violence and abuse can lead to poor physical and mental health, serious injuries and even homicide.
Help is available
If you or someone you know needs support, call 2-1-1 toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If it's an emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Peel Police reported that the highest number of calls they receive are family and intimate partner violence related.
- Between 2014 to 2018, there was a 17% increase in intimate partner disputes in Peel.
- In Caledon, between 2015 and 2019 there was a 12% increase in intimate partner disputes.
- There were 13 family and intimate partner homicides in Peel Region in 2019.
- In Canada, between 2009 and 2017, there were 36 homicides involving same-sex partners.
- 3 out of 5 of the most frequent incidents reported to Peel Regional Police are family and intimate partner violence-related
- Up to 10% of seniors in Peel are experiencing some form of abuse
- Up to 37% of Peel's population has experienced child abuse before the age of 16.
- In the last year, the number of women in Peel who received counselling services to deal with violence increased by 51%.
- Over the past year, the number of women who have requested and received transitional and housing support to live a life free from violence increased by 65%.
What we're doing
Currently we're working to raise visibility, and awareness on the issue of family and intimate partner violence. This work will help us identify and reduce cases in our community.
On February 13, 2020, Regional Council unanimously passed a motion and the Region of Peel was directed to work with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, as well as Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and more than 10 community organizations to develop an awareness campaign to address the issue of domestic violence in the Region of Peel.
We consulted with several other community organizations during the development of this campaign to ensure that it meets the needs of the Peel community.
We want Peel to know about family and intimate partner violence. Our campaign is here for you to share with your community, friends and family.
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 (CSWB).
Family violence has been identified as a focus area of the plan.
Learn more about the CSWB 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
- Town of Caledon
- City of Mississauga
- Family Transition Place
- Family Services of Peel
- Interim Place/ Peel Committee Against Women Abuse (PCAWA)
- Ontario Provincial Police – Caledon Detachment
- Peel Children's Aid
- Peel Regional Police
- Region of Peel
- Safe City Mississauga
- Town of Caledon
- United Way Greater Toronto
- 211 Central
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.
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
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.