Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Care & Treatment Centre

Located at Brantford General Hospital
Call 519-751-5544, ext. 4449 or,
Visit the Brantford General Hospital Emergency Department, anytime, 24/7!


Am I being abused?

  • You are not the only one. 1 in 10 female high school students are abused by their partner
  • If your parter has slapped, pushed, threatened you or has been emotionally abusive or controlling it's important to take it seriously, whether you've been injured or not. It means they are willing to use physical force to control you and it might get worse.
  • You are not to blame. You don't deserve to be abused.
  • Talk to someone you trust.

Who can I call for help?

  • Brantford General Care Team
    519-751-5544 ext. 4449
  • Brantford Children's Aid Society
  • Victim Services of Brant
  • Brantford Police
  • Brant County OPP
  • Six Nations Police

What can I do to help my friend?

  1. If you think your friend is being abused, ask them. They may be too humiliated and embarrassed to tell you if you don't ask.
  2. Dating violence can take many forms – emotional, physical and sexual. Be open and believe them when they tell you their story.
  3. Tell them they do not deserve to be hurt. It doesn't matter what the argument was about.
  4. Physical safety is the first priority. Physical assaults usually get worse as time goes on. Ignoring violence is dangerous. Explain this to your friend.
  5. Listen to your friend. Find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted.
  6. Tell them that they are not alone.
  7. Let your friend talk about the caring aspect of the relationship as well; don't try to diminish their feelings about their partner.
  8. If they are not ready at this point to make major changes in their life, do not take away your friendship. Your support may be what will make it possible for your friend to act at a future date.
  9. Promise your friend that you will not tell anyone unless they are in danger. Your friend may be afraid that school or family will find out.
  10. Your friend needs your moral support; they need your reassurance that they are NOT to blame. Help them to find the assistance they need to live free from dating violence.
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