There are laws aimed at helping people in abusive situations stay safe.
Whether you are planning on leaving an abusive relationship or staying, preparing a safety plan can increase your safety. PLEA has developed an online Safety Planning Tool that provides people information about abusive relationships and options tailored to their specific situation.
Saskatchewan has a law that provides additional ways to help fight violence in personal relationships. This law applies to...
Interpersonal violence includes physical harm or damage to property, threats that cause a reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to property, forced confinement, sexual abuse, harassment, and depriving someone of necessities such as food and shelter.
This law creates three ways to deal with interpersonal violence - emergency intervention orders, victim's assistance orders and warrants permitting entry.
In an emergency, victims of interpersonal violence can apply to a special Justice of the Peace for help at any time of the day or night. Police officers, mobile crisis workers and victim services coordinators can help victims do this. In an emergency the Justice of the Peace can make an order without waiting for the case to go to court and without the accused being notified of the hearing or being present. The Justice of the Peace must be satisfied that there has been interpersonal violence and that the matter cannot wait for a court hearing.
In deciding whether to make an order the Justice of the Peace will consider...
An emergency intervention order can include an order that...
After a Justice of the Peace grants an emergency intervention order, the accused must be given a copy of the order. The order does not take effect against that person until they receive a copy of the order.
Because emergency intervention orders are designed for an emergency, they must be confirmed afterwards by a judge.
The judge must look over the order and the supporting papers within three working days of getting the documents from the Justice of the Peace. If the judge is not satisfied that there was evidence for the order, the judge can schedule a rehearing of the matter. The accused or the victim can ask a judge to review the order at any time.
A victim's assistance order is similar to an emergency intervention order, but is designed to be used in non-emergency situations. This type of application is made by the victim to a judge at the Court of King's Bench. When making a victim's assistance order a judge can include any of the orders that may be made under an emergency intervention order. A victim's assistance order can also include an order...
A Justice of the Peace may grant a warrant to a police officer, or other designated person, to enter a place where there are reasonable grounds to believe a victim of interpersonal violence will be found. The warrant may be granted only after the potential abuser has refused access to helpers or to the police to check on a person who may be a victim of interpersonal violence. It gives the holder of the warrant the right to go into the home. They may assist or examine the possible victim and may remove the victim from the home, if necessary.
If you fear you may be harassed or abused in the future, and have good reason to believe so, you can get protection from the courts in the form of a peace bond. A peace bond is not a criminal conviction. It is a court order that requires another person to "keep the peace" for a certain amount of time and to obey any other conditions the court may add. As long as the conditions of the peace bond are met, the person will not be charged with a criminal offence. If the conditions of the peace bond are broken, however, the person may be charged and convicted of a criminal offence, be fined or jailed, and will then have a criminal record.
For more information see Peace Bonds.
Restraining orders are generally requested as part of a family law court application. If you are making a court application you or your lawyer can include a request for a restraining order. It is a court order that requires the other party to stay away from you and/or any children. You will need to provide evidence to the court about why this is needed.
If the abuser is your spouse a court can also make an order preventing the abuser from selling, giving away or absconding with property if they are satisfied that the spouse is wasting family property and jeopardizing the family’s financial security or attempting to avoid a division of it under family property laws.
The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol (Clare’s Law) Act allows individuals to request information from the police about a partner’s abusive or violent past. Requests can be made by…
There are measures in place to address privacy and confidentiality issues. Generally, the information that is provided will not include specific details but rather an assessment of the level of risk to the individual. More information is available from your local municipal police service.
By encouraging law enforcement agencies to share risk information with potential victims and giving an opportunity for those at risk, and the people who care for them, to ask for information about the past history of violent behavior of a new or potential partner, Clare’s Law takes a proactive approach to preventing intimate partner violence.”
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