Abuse and Family Violence
Do you know a woman who is being abused? A Legal Rights Handbook
This handbook provides information on many legal issues faced by women who are abused by their partners. It includes information on making a safety plan, preparing to leave, the criminal process and trial, a woman's rights under family law, protection orders, and legal and community resources in Ontario.
Reviewed for accuracy by experienced lawyers in the violence against women sector, this guide offers practical information on issues in family, criminal and other areas of law that women in abusive relationships often face.
Updated to reflect the changes to immigration laws and to give more information about how women can protect themselves, contents of the new edition include:
- Preparing to leave: safety planning, where to go
- The criminal process: possible charges, the arrest, bail hearings
- The criminal trial: court procedure, sentencing
- Protecting yourself: restraining orders, exclusive possession, peace bonds
- Rights under family law: children's aid societies, custody, support
- Next steps: finances, social assistance, working
The handbook also includes updated referral information for community and legal organizations that work with women experiencing abuse.
- I am separated, but I want my ex-partner to keep away from me. Will a peace bond help?
- What should I do if I suspect my neighbour's children are being abused?
- My abusive husband says he will have me deported if I leave him...
- Where can I go if I leave my abusive partner?
- My husband has abused me and threatens to have me deported if I report him...