Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is often referred to as family violence or spousal abuse. It involves the controlling behaviour of someone who is close to you and can include any intentional or reckless act that causes injury, property damage or intimidation to yourself or a family member. Examples of acts of domestic abuse can include:

  • Verbal and emotional abuse, e.g. name-calling
  • Hitting, punching, kicking, strangulation and other forms of physical abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Forced confinement
  • Neglect
  • Financial abuse
  • Stalking and Harassment
  • Ridiculing a person’s religious beliefs
  • Threatens to harm you, other people or animals

Many forms of domestic abuse are crimes. Research also shows that violence in the home may have harmful and lasting consequences for the well-being of children. The following resources are meant as a guide to help you learn more about domestic abuse.

Circle of violence:

If you would like more information regarding any of the topics listed below, or you would like to find out how to stop someone (or yourself) from being exposed to domestic abuse, please contact Lethbridge Corridor Victim Services (403) 329-5042.



Victim of Violence                                  

Family Violence Information Line                403-310-1818

Child Support Services Lethbridge               403-380-2272

Child Abuse Hotline                                         1-800-387-5437

Parent Information Line                                  1-88-603-9100

Distress Line                                                       403-327-7905

YWCA Harbour House                                      403-329-1881

YWCA Outreach Services                                  403-329-0088

Family Law                                                 

Womenspace                                                       403-329-8338

Native Women’s Transition Home                  403-329-6506

Canadian Mental Health

Distress Line                                                          403-327-7905

Crisis Intervention Team                                    1-888-787-2880