New Expanded Mandate for Women Shelters

Last November 2, 2012 the Honourable Jennifer Howard announced the launch of an exciting new multi-year domestic violence prevention strategy and a new public awareness campaign. Manitoba’s new Family Violence Prevention Strategy will outline work in three key areas: 1. supports for victims and families; 2. interventions for people with abusive behaviours; and 3. prevention, awareness and training.

The strategy includes many things; however, the one item that effects women shelters is the new expanded mandate.

Eligibility for service has been expanded to assist people who are leaving abusive family situations, including those situations where family members who are not their intimate partners abuse individuals. Effective immediately, shelters can offer supports to these clients on an exceptional basis and the regular intake process will now apply.



There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.

To determine whether your relationship is abusive, answer the questions below. The more “yes” answers, the more likely it is that you’re in an abusive relationship.


Your Inner Thoughts and Feelings Your Partner’s Belittling Behavior

Do you:

feel afraid of your partner much of the      time?

Does your partner:

humiliate or yell at you?

avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner? criticize you and put you down?
feel that you can’t do anything right for       your partner? treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family   to see?
believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated? ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?
wonder if you’re the one who is crazy? blame you for their own abusive behavior?
feel emotionally numb or helpless? see you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?
Your Partner’s Violent Behavior or Threats Your Partner’s Controlling Behavior

Does your partner:

have a bad and unpredictable temper?

Does your partner:

act excessively jealous and possessive?

hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you? control where you go or what you do?
threaten to take your children away or        harm them? keep you from seeing your friends or family?
threaten to commit suicide if you leave? limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?
force you to have sex? limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?
destroy your belongings? constantly check up on you?


By Director - August 8, 2013