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Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence—that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.1

On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full.2

Most women need help when leaving an abusive relationship. Our publications are available to assist you or a loved one.

Stopping the Violence

A guide for women facing domestic violence, Stopping the Violence lists transition houses, crisis lines and other support organizations for women leaving abuse.

Mothers Leaving Abusive Partners

Plain language guide primarily for women with children who've been abused by their intimate partner (such as a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend). Available in EnglishFrenchSpanishPunjabiSimplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

Describes the legal process and terms and covers:

  • what is abuse
  • where to get help
  • protecting yourself and your children
  • what the courts can do to help
  • what will happen to the children
  • deciding parenting arrangements
  • frequently asked questions
  • what to take with you when you leave

Produced in collaboration with the Legal Services Society. 

Mothers Without Legal Status

This booklet for front-line advocates and service providers gives detailed information about how to best help women without legal status.

Court-Related Abuse and Harassment

This research report, authored by YWCA Legal Educator Andrea Vollans, documents how men use the legal system to further abuse and torment their ex-partners.


1. Canadian Women's Foundation. "The Facts About Violence Against Women." 2015. 
2. Ibid.