Physical violence is any deliberate action that directly impairs the victim's physical integrity. Physical violence often entails psychological consequences as well.

What to do?

  • If you are assaulted, call 911
  • Choose well-lit streets and parking areas
  • Avoid alleyways, especially if you are alone
  • If you are a woman and you have to take the bus after dark, use the Between Stops service offered by the Montréal transit corporation (STM)
  • Do not carry weapons like knives to protect yourself, because an aggressor may use them against you
  • If you are attacked, do not resist unless you need to fight for your life