Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
You may already be a victim of abuse...
Does your partner:
· Have a bad and unpredictable temper?
· Hurt you or threaten to hurt you?
· Threaten to take your children away or harm them?
· Threaten to commit suicide?
· Force you to have sex?
· Control where you go or what you do?
· Keep you from your friends or family?
If you are being abused, remember:
· You are not to blame for being battered or mistreated.
· You are not the cause of your partner’s violent behaviour.
· You deserve to be treated with respect.
· You deserve a safe and happy life and so do your children.
· You are not alone. There are people waiting to help.
If you are abused:
· Call the police if you have been assaulted.
· Tell someone and keep a record of all that has happened.
· Write down the details as soon as possible after the assault. Keep in a safe place where the abuser cannot find it.
· Consider ending the relationship as soon as possible.
· Recognize no one has the right to control you and you deserve to life without fear.
The Stop the Violence program offers professional individual or group counselling for women over the age of 19, or minors leading adult lifestyles, who have experienced sexual assault, violence/abuse in relationships, or childhood trauma, within the Fort Nelson community and surrounding areas.
Assessments, counselling, and referrals are provided in a safe, respectful, and compassionate environment, with a client-centered focus and a culturally-aware approach.
We are dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for all women who experience violence in their lives, with the end goal of self-empowerment and holistic wellness.
Family Awareness, Counselling, and Advocacy
PO Box 1266 | 5012 49th Ave | Fort Nelson, BC | V0C 1R0
Tel: (250) 774-2993 | Fax: (250) 774-2998
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed from 12-1 for lunch
Drop-in: 5008-49th Avenue
Phone: (250) 774-2993 ext. 1005
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you feel that this applies to you, do not hesitate to call Shelly Heimbechner to make an appointment, or drop by on Monday night for the Women of Wellness Support Group that begins at 5:00 p.m.
"Domestic Abuse", also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence.
Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.
Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.