Signs of Abuse

Types of Abuse:

All forms of abuse must be recognized, and supported! Manitoba First Nations Shelters aim to help women experiencing:
  1. Emotional Abuse – name calling and humiliation, threats and ‘mind games’, withholding love to control or change behavior, i.e. ‘the silent treatment’, extreme jealousy and accusations.
  2. Physical Abuse – hitting, shoving, punching, pulling hair, the threat of physical abuse, destroying belongings or hurting pets.
  3. Sexual Abuse – unwanted or forced sexual touching or intercourse.
  4. Spiritual Abuse – preventing/punishing one for practicing one’s faith, forcing one to conform to another belief system.
  5. Financial Abuse – preventing one from bettering oneself economically through school or work; ie burning books or making one miss classes or work, total control of income, spending the family’s income irresponsibly, leaving little or no money for bills, clothing, food, and children’s needs.
  6. Psychological Abuse – threats of violence against a woman, her children, friends, relatives, destruction of possessions, suicide threats by abuser.

Safety Plans

Ensure you have a Safety Plan!

A safety plan is a plan that helps plan for moments of crisis / need and allows you to reduce the risks that you and your children face in these situations.
A safety plan must be fit to you or your families individual needs. Make it your own, taking into account things like transportation, places to stay, family or supports in the area. Review it often and ensure it is up to date.
Should you require help making a safety plan, contact one of our shelters or the RCMP!
For help:
Mathias Colomb - Mamawehetowin: 1-866-432-1041
Fisher River - First Nation Healing Centre: 1-800-692-6270
Shamattawa - Wechin Waskigan: 1-204-565-2548
Norway House – Jean Folster Place: 1(204)-359-3444
Safety plans are important tools that can help you and your family!
  • For people unsure of leaving, but need a plan just in case the abuser gets violent.
  • For any potential vulnerable situations.
  • When you want to leave, but are afraid.
  • When you are planning to leave, and but are still planning, how and when.
  • When you have left and the threat of violence is still there.
Be sure, if needed to delete computer / browser history!
Knowing this can be a stressful and dangerous time for you and your children. We encourage you to call 911 if needed