It’s normal to invite a friend, family member or someone you know into your home. A home takeover happens when you can’t get them to leave and they start acting in a way that makes you feel physically, financially or emotionally unsafe.

​If someone won’t leave your home​

It’s important to act if your home has been taken over, or if a guest is refusing to leave.

Call someone you trust for help, such as a family member, support worker or landlord. You can also report the problem to the Ottawa Police Service on 613-236-1222 ext. 7300.

If you’re feeling scared, find somewhere safe to stay. Call 911 if you think your life is in danger.

Access our resources – and watch our videos – to learn about the warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know is a victim of a home takeover.

We also offer presentations and workshops on home takeovers, tailored to your community or to your building’s needs. Email us at cpo@ottawa.ca to book your session.

For more information

You may also order print copies of the booklet, poster and information card for your clients or neighbours using our online order form.

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A webinar of Elder Abuse in Ottawa

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Home Takeovers Videos