There are a number of ways the law can assist someone in an abusive relationship. Relationship violence is a complex, serious social problem. It affects not only the victims, but also their families, friends and communities. And the personal, social and economic costs cannot be underestimated when it comes to things like physical and emotional injury, substance and alcohol abuse, lost productivity, medical expenses and criminal justice costs.
Abusive behaviour does not always involve physical violence. Recognizing abusive behaviour and patterns can help victims find the help and support they need.
This section discusses laws designed to address safety concerns for individuals dealing with abuse or violence in a relationship.
Leaving a relationship and starting out on one's own is difficult enough. When that decision must be made in the midst of the trauma of abuse, it can be even more difficult.
When a relationship has involved violence or abuse it's important for individuals to understand their rights. Certain aspects of family law may be of particular interest.