Globe and mail dating violence

The women reported that the intervention made them feel supported while protecting their privacy.

There were approximately 97,500 victims of intimate partner violence in 2011, according to Statistics Canada. Statistically, the most dangerous time for victims is when abusers find out they are leaving.

"We're hoping that women can be safer whether they leave partners or stay with partners," said Colleen Varcoe, a professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Nursing.

Varcoe co-developed the study with researchers at the University of Western Ontario and the University of New Brunswick.

Violence also tends to escalate after a separation: About 25 per cent of all women who are murdered by their spouse had left the relationship. We're pushing them to have a really good understanding of their risks and to have a very good safety plan," said Varcoe.

According to the YWCA, on average a woman will leave an abusive relationship seven times before she leaves for good.

The sexual slur on the mirror was one of many hurled at Heard in the months before the couple divorced last week.

Once she logs on to the i Can Plan 4 Safety website, researchers help assess her risk of danger.Women are asked about their immediate priorities and intentions for their relationships and then given resources, which the researchers have sourced through domestic-violence experts, police and child-protection staff."We give her a very tailored plan for her own safety, depending on what she's identified," said Varcoe.These demographics are often less well served by mainstream resources.They also want to know whether their website could help victims who are reticent to use women's shelters: Fewer than 1 in 5 Canadian women access support from violence services, according to a 2011 University of Windsor study."Easy Amber." It's what Johnny Depp allegedly scrawled on a mirror with a partially severed finger dipped in blue paint, according to disturbing photo exhibits in Amber Heard's domestic-violence case against her now ex-husband.

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