Domestic Violence

Last updated on June 10, 2021

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, 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.