Common Questions

A woman is being abused by her partner. What legal help can she get?

If a woman is being abused by her partner, the legal help available includes:

  • calling the police
  • talking to a victim services worker
  • contacting a local women's centre, transition house, Aboriginal friendship centre, or immigrant service organization
  • asking for help in making a safety plan
  • getting a court order to keep the abuser away from the woman and her children (a peace bond, protection order, or no-contact order)

Good starting points include:

  • Family Violence, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an introduction to the legal options available for those experiencing abuse in a relationship.
  • Live Safe — End Abuse: Safety Planning, from the Legal Services Society, explains what a safety plan is and how to make one for at home, outside the home, and after leaving an abusive relationship.
  • For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders, from the provincial government and Legal Services Society, explains how and when people can apply for peace bonds and protection orders, and what the differences are between them.
  • Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse, from the Legal Services Society, explains what women can do to protect themselves and their children, including how to make a safety plan, what the police can do, how the court process works, how to leave an abusive relationship, and who can help.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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