Abuse Is Wrong In Any Culture: Inuit

Where can I get help?

"I don't really know where to get help … but if I go to the nursing station, and he sees me, I can just tell him I went in because I have a cold. That way he won't know I'm looking for help … and I won't get a beating. I heard that the nurses here really help beaten-up women."

Every community has people who can help you if you are being abused. Call or go visit and ask what they can do or where else you should call or go for help:

  • The police can protect you and your children, and help you find the services you need.
  • Nurses, community health workers and social workers can help you get medical treatment and information about family violence, and can help direct you and your children to other services.
  • Victim services workers or courtworkers can give you information and help you find the services you need.
  • In some communities, registered psychiatric nurses, addictions and mental health workers can help you get addictions treatment.
  • In some communities, women's safe shelters can give you and your children a temporary place to stay, food and clothing as well as counselling, and they can help you get legal, financial and other services.
  • Temporary emergency shelters or safe homes can be made available in every community to help provide you and your children a safe place until you can get to a women's safe shelter, if necessary.
  • School community counsellors can help you get the information and services you need, particularly if you're still in school.
  • You can call telephone crisis lines for help.
  • Relatives, friends or Elders may give you support, or a place to stay.
  • The priest or minister can give you information and help you find the services you need.
  • Legal aid offices can tell you your rights and help you get a lawyer.
  • Income support offices can help you financially.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police. They will come to your house to stop the violence, deal with the person who hurt or threatened you, tell you your rights and help you.

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