Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many families in Canada. It is a form of abuse that can have long-lasting physical and emotional effects on victims. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, it is important to understand the legal options available to you under family law in Canada.
At Kalia Law Firm, we have extensive experience helping clients navigate the legal system to obtain protection from domestic violence. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the key aspects of domestic violence under family law in Canada.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse. It can occur between current or former partners, family members, or those in a dating relationship. It is important to note that domestic violence is a criminal offense in Canada and can result in criminal charges being laid against the perpetrator.
Under family law in Canada, domestic violence is taken very seriously. The courts have the power to issue protection orders to protect victims from further abuse
Types of Protection Orders
There are three types of protection orders that can be issued under family law in Canada:
- Emergency Protection Order: This is a temporary order that is granted immediately in cases where there is an immediate threat of harm to the victim. It can last for up to 7 days.
- Interim Protection Order: This is a temporary order that is granted until a hearing can be held to determine if a longer-term protection order is necessary. It can last for up to 90 days.
- Long-Term Protection Order: This is a more permanent order that can be granted for up to one year, and in some cases, longer. It can include conditions such as no-contact orders, orders to stay away from the victim’s home or workplace, and orders to surrender firearms.
How to Obtain a Protection Order
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can apply for a protection order through the family court in your province or territory. You will need to provide evidence of the abuse, including any police reports, medical records, or witness statements.
At Kalia Law Firm, we can help you prepare your application and represent you at the hearing. We understand that domestic violence can be a difficult and emotional issue, and we will work with you to ensure your safety and well-being.
Domestic violence is a serious issue that requires a swift and effective response. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, it is important to seek legal advice and protection as soon as possible.
At Kalia Law Firm, we are committed to helping victims of domestic violence obtain the protection and support they need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers. For more content like this, you can follow us on Instagram & Facebook.