How do I get help if I am a victim of abuse?

Reach out for help. New Brunswick has an incredible network for victims of abuse and neglect – there are many social services, professionals, and people in your life that care about you.

People and services that can help you:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • There are people in your life that care about you. They may be family members, a member or minister of your church, or anyone that you trust.
  • Doctors, counselors, and social workers can all create a strategy to protect you from further abuse.

How do I help a victim of abuse?

  • Talk to the person privately, and listen to what the person is saying. Take their concerns seriously.
  • Try to understand what is happening without jumping to conclusions.
  • Explain the options and resources available to the person, and allow them to make their own decisions on how to proceed.
  • If a person’s safety is at risk, call 911, the police, or Social Development.


Information summarized from the PDF Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Seniors from the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick