How can I find out more about keeping my family safe?
Support and Information
VictimLinkBC – Ministry of Justice
VictimLinkBC is a toll free, confidential, telephone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides services in 110 languages, including 17 Aboriginal languages, and is TTY accessible.
DomesticViolenceBC – Government of British Columbia
Domestic ViolenceBC is a website that shows you where to find help and how to stay safe. It includes information for teens.
Victim Services – Ministry of Justice
Family justice counsellors and Family Justice Centres – Ministry of Justice
Family Justice Centres are staffed by family justice counsellors who can give you information about protecting yourself and your family. They provide services free of charge to parents and other family members.
To contact a family justice counsellor at the Family Justice Centre nearest you please call EnquiryBC between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and ask the operator to transfer you.
Family Law in British Columbia – Legal Services Society
Family Law in British Columbia provides information and resources about family violence, including:
- Abuse and Family Violence. Information on the legal issues, with fact sheets, FAQs, links and more.
- For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Protection Orders (available in Chinese, English, and Punjabi). This booklet describes legal options for protecting yourself and your children.
- Surviving Relationship Abuse and Violence. Outlines what a woman's legal rights are if she is in an abusive relationship. It explains what women can do to protect themselves and their children, and the kind of help available. Available in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Punjabi and Spanish.
- Online self-help kits for spouses who want get an order in either Provincial Court or Supreme Court. There is information about how to get a temporary (interim or non-final) order and how to get a final order.
- A section on legal aid outlines what legal aid is, who is eligible, and when legal aid can help with serious family law problems including spousal violence.
- A section on getting help from family duty counsel if you go to court.
- Live Safe — End Abuse Fact Sheets is a series of fact sheets on protecting yourself and your children from abuse. The fact sheets include:
Clicklaw – Courthouse Libraries BC
Clicklaw provides user friendly, searchable access to key legal information, including information about separation and divorce. On the home page (“Solve Problems”), go to “Your Safety” and select Abuse & family violence.
Clicklaw’s HelpMap can help you locate services that can assist with abuse and family violence.
Clicklaw will link you to information in languages other than English. On the home page, select languages to find legal resources and services in 15 other languages.