Overview: Abuse is an attempt to control the behaviour of another person. It is a misuse of power which uses the bonds of intimacy, trust and dependency to make the victim vulnerable. – the Edmonton Police Service.

Find out more about Abuse in this section – if you have a story to share that you feel may be helpful to others please send it to us and we’ll consider including it. Please understand there are all kinds of reasons why we can’t include some personal submissions but most of the time we can include submissions received from you and others. Thank you – take care; find out more here and remember your life is very precious. Your Life Counts and we’re here for YOU!

There are many types of abuse, but abuse usually occurs between people that already know each other or have a relationship. For example, dating abuse, family / child abuse, and domestic abuse are very common forms of abuse that people experience.

Although abuse is common, it is not normal and it is not OK. Nobody deserves to be abused, and there is help for victims of abuse. You do not have to live with abuse.