Conjugal violence is a way to control another person and not the result of a loss of self-control. It is always exercised in the context of an intimate relationship, whether past or present. The perpetrator uses several strategies in order to dominate his victim and make sure she does not leave him.

This violence can take different forms. It is not always as obvious as a man hitting his partner. It will often be insidious: these women suffer insults, denigration and constant control by their partner. At the West Island Women’s Shelter, we believe that all types of violence have very similar consequences on its victims. Whatever the type of violence used, the objective is to control his partner.