Support Resources

In Tautuktavuk, we meet two sisters who are dealing with the effects of domestic abuse. This film will inspire courageous conversations about intimate partner violence, justice, and healing. These discussions can spark change in our families and communities.

Below are lists of relevant resources that can help people living with domestic or sexual violence.

Start The Conversation

Difficult and long-term personal journeys are never easy but canlead to meaningful change. Very often, change starts with a conversation.

Some people who have experienced violence feel shame and may cope with it in a variety of ways, some address it, and others turn away. Support from friends and family, or from a therapist, elder, or support group, can help bring about long-term change.

People who use violence are human beings. It’s okay for friends and family to provide compassionate support for their journeys toward nonviolence and accountability. If this is the role that feels right for you, it is also crucial to check in with yourself regularly about your loved one’s commitment to that journey. You can be supportive, while remaining cautious of attempts at manipulation and being honest about your biases.

Abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Emotional (insults, isolation from friends, manipulation)
  • Physical (pushing, grabbing, preventing exit from a room)
  • Financial (restricting accounts or ability to work)
  • Sexual (rape, sexual harassment, groping)
  • Racial (slurs, racial micro-aggressions)
  • Spiritual (using religion to control others)

Help Lines:

Kamatsiaqtut Help Line 1-800-265-3333 (Inuktitut services available) (based in Iqaluit but with support from Ottawa Help Line during off-hours)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310

Anyone needing help can contact the Hope for Wellness Help Line, which provides immediate, toll-free telephone and online-chat emotional support and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people in Canada. It's available 24/7 in English and French, and upon request in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at Hope for Wellness Helpline is available 24/7 to all Indigenous people across Canada. Inuktitut speakers are available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and on weekends.

National resources:

Talk Suicide Canada: 1-833-456-4566 (phone) | 45645 (text between 4 p.m. and midnight ET).

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (phone), live chat counselling on the website.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre.

This guide from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health outlines how to talk about suicide with someone you're worried about.

Shelters in Nunavut:

See list at this link

Counselling in Nunavut:

See list of family abuse intervention workers at this link

See list of social services officers at this link

Legal Aid & Services in Nunavut:

See list at this link

Nunavut Support Organizations:

See lists at this link

  • Women’s Organizations
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Inuit Organizations
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Leadership

Future Directions:

There are many ways to take action on domestic violence, including:

Connect with friends, family, and others to help end violence in your community (with links to community orgs and suggestions for helpful actions)

Tell your story of ending violence: links to places where viewers can contribute stories and other artwork, such as the Creative Interventions Story Collection

Join a national or global organization committed to alternative responses to violence and other social justice issues (with links)