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Face the Issue

Interpersonal violence includes types of violence and abuse that occur between people who know each other, often as a couple or in a family setting. It can take the form of physical abuse, mental and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, financial abuse and threats.

When interpersonal violence and abuse is disclosed or witnessed, there is always a way to make a difference.

Take a stand against violence. Face the issue.

Show your support by displaying a Face the Issue poster in your building or workplace (English and French versions are available).

Join the conversation online at #FaceTheIssueSK

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1. How You Can Intervene

You can help stop interpersonal violence or abuse by speaking up.

Ask the victim the following questions:

  • Are you okay? If the victim requires immediate medical attention, call 911 or take them to the hospital.
  • Are you safe? If the victim is in immediate danger, call 911 or the police. You can also take them to the police. If children are involved, notify the police and child protection services.
  • What happened? Try to find out when, where and how the incident(s) happened to establish if there is immediate danger, or if weapons might be involved.
  • What do you need right now? What can I do to help? Provide support to the victim to help them make safe choices about what to do next.

If you suspect or observe potentially violent or abusive conduct you can:

  • Tell the police, someone in authority and the person's friends if you see something suspicious, such as someone adding something to another person's drink.
  • Check in with your friends and any vulnerable individuals if you are concerned for their safety.
  • Refuse to join degrading conversations that encourage sexism and violence, and voice your disapproval.

Take any necessary steps to ensure that you are not increasing the danger to yourself or others by intervening directly. If in doubt, call the police.

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2. Clare's Law

The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol (Clare's Law) Act authorizes a police service to disclose certain risk-related information to a current or former intimate partner in cases where such information can assist them in making informed decisions about their safety and relationship.

The Protocol recognizes two procedures for disclosing information:

The "right to ask" is triggered by a member of the public applying to a police service for a disclosure.

The "right to know" is triggered by the police service making a proactive decision to disclose information to protect a potential victim.

Applications can be made by a person who believes they may be at risk of harm by a current or former intimate partner, or by a third party who has a close relationship with someone who they are concerned may be at risk.

To make an application, contact your local municipal police service. They will provide you with the required forms.

Further information explaining the Protocol is available.

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3. Find Helplines and Resources Now

If you are in an emergency situation, call 911 or your local police.

Helplines and resources are available for non-emergency situations

  • Check out 211 SK to get connected to human services resources like crisis hotlines, housing, legal support and more.
  • Visit HealthLine Online or call the HealthLine by dialing 811.
  • To find resources to help with online bullying, visit Be Kind Online.
  • Young people can connect to many services through Kids Help Phone. Support is available by phone, text or online.

Further information:

Interpersonal Violence Leave is a job-protected leave of up to 10 days for survivors of interpersonal violence or survivors of any form of sexual violence to access supports or relocate to a new home.

Visit the Victims of Crime and Abuse menu to find information, resources and supports for a range of issues, such as:

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4. How to Clear Your Browsing History or Browse in Private

If you are using a computer that is shared with other people, it may be important for you to clear the browsing history after you search for resources and help. Read about how to clear your browsing history at 211 Saskatchewan.

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