Department of Justice

Victim Services / Family Violence Prevention Unit

A Declaration of Rights

  • I am not the cause of my abuser's violent behaviour.
  • I have the right to feel safe.
  • I have the right to not be hit.
  • I do not like or want to be abused. I do not have to take it.
  • I have the right to say 'no'.
  • I have the right to be treated with respect.
  • I am an important human being.
  • I am a worthwhile woman.
  • I have the right to raise my children in safety.
  • I do have power over my own life.
  • I can use my power to take good care of myself.
  • I can decide for myself what is best for me.
  • I have the right to be believed and valued.
  • I can make changes in my life if I want to.
  • I have the right to live in peace.
  • I am not alone. I can ask others for help.
  • I have the right to end the violence.