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What is domestic abuse?
Abuse means that someone hurts you or treats you badly. Domestic abuse means that the person who hurts you is a family member or romantic partner (such as your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend). The abuser can be male or female.
What do immigrants and refugees need to know about domestic abuse?
Ontario criminal law and family law protect you against domestic abuse. If you are a permanent resident, you will not lose your status for reporting abuse or leaving an abusive relationship.
Where can I get help for domestic abuse?
You can get help in an emergency, in a crisis, or anytime that you experience abuse. You can get help in many ways.
What is child abuse?
Child abuse means that a parent or caregiver hurts a child or does not protect a child.
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is hurt or neglect of a senior (elderly) person. Often, it is done by someone who is responsible for caring for the senior person.
Children's aid: Information for parents
A children’s aid society or CAS has a legal duty to make sure that children under the age of 16 are protected from harm. They may stay involved until the child they are protecting reaches age 18. The government has given them this job.
I think a child is being abused. What do I do?
If you know a child is being abused, you must report it. If you think that a child is being abused, you must report it.
What You Should Know About Family Law in Ontario
This publication has information about the laws that may affect you if you separate from your spouse.
Abuse is Wrong in Any Language
This booklet is for immigrant women who are suffering from abuse in a relationship or in a family. If you know someone who is abused, give her this booklet.
Children's Aid: Information for Parents
A children's aid society (CAS) has a duty to protect children under age 16. This fact sheet is produced by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario).
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.
Creating a Safety Plan
This guide has many suggestions and ideas that an abused woman can use to create a safety plan for herself and her children.
You and Your Baby... Abuse and Pregnancy
Abuse usually gets worse over time. It will not stop when your baby is born. This guide has information about abuse during pregnancy. From the Best Start Resource Centre. Available in many languages.