I need help

It is painful and stressful to realize that violence is present in our relationship. SOS violence conjugale allows you to find help before things get out of hand.

Interactive questionnaire

Identify the different forms of violence present in your relationship

To ask for help, it is useful to put words to your reality. This interactive questionnaire allows you to do so.


Interactive scenarios

Identify coercive control in your relationship

Identify the ways in which coercive control inhibits your sense of freedom.

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Frequently asked questions

Of course! When you contact SOS you will have a chance to talk with someone who will help you see more clearly into your situation. You don't have to be certain that what's going is in fact, violence. Regardless of the situation that is causing concern with your partner, SOS is there to help you connect with the resources that can assist and support you in figuring it out.

We are very familiar with the experiences of victims of intimate partner violence and know that the decision to leave or stay with a violent partner is not an easy one. It involves numerous issues, including safety, and it's a decision that can only be made by the person directly involved in the situation. Therefore, we never exert pressure of any kind, whether to leave or to stay in a relationship.

A victim who does not want to leave a violent partner can still obtain assistance and support of various kinds. For instance, even if she does not want to go to a shelter, she can have receive services on an eternal basis and gain access to a safe-space where she can discuss her situation, be understood, rebuild her self-esteem and self-confidence and regain a sense of her own strength. This will improve her quality of life even though she is still living in the violent situation. She can also join a support group, get assistance in her role as a parent, receive material and food assistance, etc.

Therefore, it is completely appropriate for a conjugal violence victim who has decided to stay with her partner to contact SOS violence conjugale for support.

When you contact SOS violence conjugale, you don't have to commit to taking any action. We know that every situation is different and that many issues are at stake and make decisions very difficult. There is no «one» path when dealing with intimate partner violence. One «solution» can be helpful in one situation and harmful in another. We will be there to offer you our understanding and resources that can accompany you according to your needs and wishes.

Of course. SOS violence conjugale's services are provided to anyone who is concerned about a situation of domestic violence, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, age, ethnic background, etc.

First, it is important to know that no matter when you call SOS violence conjugale you will never get an answering machine. All calls are answered immediately by a female worker.

Callers will be warmly received and the worker will immediately make sure that the caller is safe. If the caller is not safe, the worker offers different strategies to minimize the danger. The worker will not make any decisions for the caller ; her role is to offer possibilities and support the caller in her decisions.

If the caller is safe at the moment, our worker will assess her current needs. Victims of intimate partner violence may have multiple needs such as shelter, information, to express themselves, be supported in taking action, legal, material or food assistance, support in dealing with their children, etc. Once the need has been identified, our worker will search for the appropriate resource and then transfer the caller directly to that resource (shelter, external services, women's centre, etc.). With SOS violence conjugale, victims of intimate partner violence have access to a wide variety of resources by dialing just one number.

They can call SOS as often as needed, whether it's during the relationship, at the moment of separation, and even many years later.

Shelters are designed to welcome you and your children. They are warm places, designed to promote the comfort of the residents but also that of their children. There is a playroom and specialized counsellors to welcome and support children exposed to intimate partner violence. When you contact us to have access to a shelter, we will ask you a few questions related to your children: their number, their age and their special needs (crib, etc.). We will have this information on hand when we search for shelter for you and your family.

The presence of a pet is one of the many issues one may face when leaving an violent relationship. Unfortunately, the majority of shelters cannot accept pets, due to several health and safety constraints for other residents, workers and the animal itself. On the other hand, some shelters are able to accept some pets and SOS violence conjugale is currently working to develop alternatives to meet this need. Call us and we can explore different possibilities with you. Your pet is part of the family and we understand that its safety is important.

Our services are offered throughout Quebec and are also available to Quebecers outside the province who are seeking help where they are, or who wish to be put in touch with a counsellor in Quebec.

The 1-800-363-9010 line is accessible only for calls made from Quebec.
If you are elsewhere in Canada or abroad, you can call us toll-free at 514-873-9010 or use our chat, text message or email services.

It's not violent.. or is it?

An interactive awareness campaign

Explore 5 conversations and learn how to identify the subtle forms of intimate partner violence.

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I am not in Quebec

If your situation takes place outside of Quebec, consult our list of canadian and international resources.

Resources outside Quebec
Contact a worker

Chat Services

By chat, we can offer you some time to discuss your situation, to be able to explore the resources that could be useful to you in the future. On average, we are available for about 30 minutes per exchange.

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