I Choose Me Over Abuse
is a movement to collaborate with other organizations
to end domestic violence and abuse of all kinds
in the Black Community.
Inspired by social movements of the past, I CHOOSE ME Over Abuse began in 2021 when the global pandemic of COVID-19 brought about an insurgency of domestic violence.
Across the world, many women were trapped at home when the international order for people to stay at home came into effect. This brought another pandemic - that of domestic abuse as women were trapped at home with their abusers.
Every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence—that's about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher. Read More
45.1% of Black women and 40.1% of Black men have experienced intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
31.8% of Black women and 16.8% of Black men have experienced one or more of the following intimate partner violence-related impacts: being fearful, concerned for safety, any post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, injury, need for medical care, housing services, victim advocate services, and/or legal services, missed at least 1 day of work or school, and contacting a crisis hotline.
41.2% of Black women and 36.3% of Black men have experienced intimate partner physical violence in their lifetimes.6 • 53.8% of Black women and 56.1% of Black men have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
8.8% of Black women have been the victims of intimate partner rape in their lifetimes.
17.4% of Black women and 14.8% of Black men have experienced intimate partner sexual violence (other than rape) in their lifetimes.
9.5% of Black women have experienced intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
Our goal through education and resources is to encourage victims to CHOOSE themselves first, and find the strength and courage to say "I am valuable, I deserve better."