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Domestic Violence | Child Witnesses | Cycle of Violence | Power & Control | Resources | Safety Planning | Domestic Violence Pamphlet (pdf)

Child Witnesses Child Witnesses

Sadly, children who witness or experience abuse, often grow up believing abuse is part of a normal relationship. As they learn what they live, many become involved in delinquency and grow up to become abusers themselves.

These children may also:

  • Feel confused, frightened and unhappy
  • Feel responsible for the violence in their home
  • Have insomnia, nightmares or bedwetting difficulties
  • Become depressed or suicidal
  • Develop physical illnesses
  • Behave aggressively or withdraw to avoid attention

Victims of domestic violence come from all walks of life, all cultures, all income groups, all ages, and all religions. They share feelings of helplessness, isolation, guilt, fear and shame.

Both criminal and civil law offer protection for intimate partners and children who are being abused. Criminal law is intended to deter crimes and deal with offenders. Civil law is used to settle disputes between individuals and can also provide protection for an individual. It may be necessary to use both systems for the best available protection.

Manitoba’s Domestic Violence And Stalking Prevention, Protection And Compensation Act, which came into force on September 30, 1999, provides persons subjected to stalking and domestic violence with the ability to seek a wide range of civil remedies to address their individual needs.

Resources for Children

Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg 204-925-3700
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba 204-944-6235 Youth Services
Child and Family Services 
After Hours
204-944-4050 Central/Northwest
204-944-4288 East
204-944-4475 Southwest
Child Advocate Office  204-945-1364
Child Find Manitoba Inc  204-945-5735
Elizabeth Hill Counseling  204-956-6562
Facts of Life Line  204-947-9222
Family Conciliation, Separation, Custody, Access 204-945-7236
Jewish Child and Family Service  204-477-7430
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Klinic – 24 Hour Crises Lines: 204-786-8686 - Suicide
204-786-8631 - Sexual Assault
MacDonald Youth Services
204-949-4777 pre crisis and crisis
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre 204-925-0348
Teen Touch 204-783-1116
Winnipeg Children’s Access Agency 204-284-4170

Family Violence Resources:
Manitoba Justice website on Domestic Violence

Department of Justice, Canada website - Abuse is wrong in any language

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Last update: July 11, 2011

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