It could be your neighbour, your sister, your mother, your daughter…

While there are men victims of domestic violence, in the majority of cases, the victim is a woman, and the perpetrator is most often her current or former male partner. Victims and perpetrators do not share any one common trait. Some victims are young while others are older. Some might be educated and others might be illiterate, and they can come from all socio-economic backgrounds.

The majority of men who are abusive toward their partner or former partner are not violent outside of their intimate relationship. They are often good colleagues and nice neighbours, which makes it difficult to identify them. However, a slightly attentive observer can notice certain signs or put together some pieces of information. For example, if someone close to you has bruises, cuts, marks or scars that do not result from normal daily activity, this might be enough to ask yourself some questions.

Do something.

Break down prejudices.
To help victims of domestic violence to overcome their fears, and sometimes the unjustified shame of going through such a situation, we all have the responsibility to listen without judgment, while making it clear that the use of violence against anyone is unacceptable.

Moreover, if you are a live witness to domestic violence, you can see for yourself the acts committed by the perpetrator. Some examples of signs of domestic violence include a partner who constantly criticizes his partner’s tastes or abilities, denigrates her relationships or outright forbids her to see her family or friends, controls her activities or what she wears, makes fun of her physical appearance or sexual performance, threatens suicide if she were to ever leave, or uses their children to get to her.