On average, it takes a domestic abuse victim seven times to leave before staying away for good. This short film addresses this issue, depicting a victim’s struggle to leave their abusive relationship. Directed by Natasha Fontarensky Starring Katia Fontarensky and Jake Vertin


If you have experienced domestic violence, there are resources to help. Contact your local emergency room or physician to help with treating and documenting injuries and to point you to local services and resources. For emotional assistance and if you are in a crisis situation, contact the Assaulted Women's Helpline ( Children and youth can also call the Kids Help Phone line for free, bilingual phone and web counselling 24 hours a day.

To find a nearby shelter in your area, contact Shelternet at

To help you find a lawyer in your area, contact the Canadian Bar Association: If you are unable to afford legal services, contact the Department of Justice: