Domestic violence is not just about physical abuse. It includes any form of violence within a relationship (marriage, common law or dating) - sexual, emotional, financial and psychological, including threats. Domestic violence can happen even after a relationship is over. Examples of abusive behaviour include threats, physical violence, insulting or degrading comments, destroying property or extreme jealousy.
Help is Available
If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence, help is available. For information, please see:
- Help Starts Here – Domestic Violence (Includes a resource list and help line numbers.)
Help, Hope and Healing
This is a series that provides information, tips and resources for people in abusive relationships.
Peace Bonds and Protection Orders
Peace bonds and family law protection order are orders made by the court to protect one person from another person. Learn more about them on the Legal Services Society's Abuse & Family Violence webpages and the Protection Order registry website.
Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment (PEACE) Program
The PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment) program provides individual and group counselling to children aged 3 to 18 who have witnessed violence in the home. Contact VictimLinkBC for more information about this and other counselling programs.