Women in Transition House is an emergency shelter which also operates a crisis phone line available 24/7, staffed by women who are trained to be supportive and respond to the needs of abused women in crisis.
Gignoo Transition Houseis an emergency shelter which also operates a crisis phone line available 24/7, primarily for Indigenous women and children experiencing domestic violence, but serves non-Indigenous women and children as well.
Sexual Violence New Brunswick
Phone: (506) 454-0437 Sexual Violence New Brunswick operates a support line from 5 pm - 8 am daily to provide emotional support to those impacted by sexual violence.
Chimo Helpline is a provincial crisis phone line, accessible 24/7 to all residents of New Brunswick.
Mobile Crisis Services (Fredericton)
Phone: (506) 453-2132 The Mobile Crisis Team provides a range of crisis intervention services in a person's own environment or the environment of their choice. The Team is accessible between noon and 10 pm daily.
Unfortunately, domestic violence can have severe and sometimes fatal consequences for victims and their children. Research has shown that certain factors are associated with an increased likelihood that a victim will be seriously injured or killed by their partner.
The following are red flags for elevated risks to safety:
Couple has recently separated (within the past year) and the victim is planning to leave
Increase in frequency/severity of abuse (especially physical abuse)
Abuser has access to weapons/owns a gun
Abuse involves weapons/threats with a weapon (especially a lethal one)
Abuse involves threats to harm/kill partner, or threats against children, pets, or property
Abuser is severely controlling (e.g., tries to manage most/ all of partner’s daily activities) and jealous (e.g., “if I can’t have you, no one can”)
Abuser avoids arrest for domestic violence (not necessarily active avoidance)
Abuser has a criminal record or history of abuse with partners/others
Abuser is unemployed or has trouble keeping a job
Abuser uses illegal drugs or is an alcoholic/problem drinker
Abuser has a history of mental illness
Abuser threatens/tries to commit suicide
Physical abuse during pregnancy
Partner has child(ren) from a previous relationship
Partner believes abuser has capacity to kill OR is largely unaware of the risk
Generally speaking, as the number of these red flags increase, so does the risk to safety. A professional risk assessment can be done to better gauge a victim’s level of risk and, in turn, help to manage it. To request a professional risk assessment, call Liberty Lane Outreach or one of the local transition houses.
Safety planning is the creation of an action plan to help mitigate a victim’s level of risk. It is a process of answering questions such as:
What would you do if you felt threatened by your abuser?
How would you reach out for help if you were in immediate danger?
Where would you go if you decided to leave your abuser?
Who could you turn to for support?
Here are some templates to guide you through the process of creating a safety plan:
A free app for victims of domestic violence, which can be accessed from a phone, tablet, or computer. The app is designed to help victims identify risks to their safety and understand their options for safety and well-being.
Safety planning is one of the services we offer at Liberty Lane. Feel free to call us at (506) 458-9774 to request a consultation.
Most acts of domestic violence are crimes in Canada, including offences related to physical and sexual violence, psychological or emotional abuse, neglect, financial abuse, and the administration of justice (e.g., disobeying court orders). In this section, we discuss options for reporting abuse to authorities, as well as other legal remedies for victims to consider. Here are some legal remedies to consider:
EMERGENCY INTERVENTION ORDER (EIO)
If you are in an intimate partner relationship in which serious domestic violence has occurred, or is likely to occur, you may be eligible for an EIO. EIO’s include temporary legal provisions to enhance the safety of victims of abuse, such as requiring the abuser to leave the family residence. To apply for an EIO, you must contact a designated service provider for assistance (i.e. police, victim services, transition houses, second stage housing, domestic violence outreach workers, and social workers at the Department of Social Development – contact numbers available here).
Many acts of abuse are chargeable offences. By making a making a statement to the police, victim protections can be put in place. It is ultimately up to victims to make their own decisions about reporting abuse. Supports are available to help you make this decision.
The Fredericton City Police has a domestic/intimate partner violence coordinator. This is great resource for exploring your legal options and understanding the process of reporting.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK LEAVE
As per new regulations under the Employment Standards Act (2018), employees in New Brunswick are entitled to paid leave if they are a victim of domestic, intimate partner, or sexual violence, or if their child is a victim:
Employers must allow leave of up to 10 days to be used intermittently or continuously, and up to 16 weeks in one continuous period, of which the first five days would be paid.