What should I do if I am not in immediate danger but I am still worried about my safety?
You are not alone. Help is available.
If you are afraid for your safety or the safety of your children, but you are not in immediate danger you can:
- Ask the police for a peace bond
- Apply for a family law protection order
The Legal Service Society has a booklet, For Your Protection, which explains how and when people can apply for peace bonds and family law protection orders, and what the differences are between them.
Call VictimLinkBC. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. VictimLink provides confidential service in all of the major languages spoken in British Columbia.
Through VictimLink, you will be referred to a victim services worker in your community, who can tell you how to get a protection order and refer you to other community resources.
You can ask the victim services worker to help you develop a personal safety plan. A safety plan is made up of steps you can take to reduce the risks that you and your child (or children) face because of a violent situation.
If you have a speech or hearing impairment, you can contact the police or VictimLinkBC by calling the 24-hour Message Relay Centre at 711 (TTY/VCO telephone) or 1-800-855-0511 (regular telephone).
You can also find the following information online:
- Surviving Relationship Abuse and Violence outlines what a woman's legal rights are if she is in an abusive relationship. It includes a chapter on going to police or RCMP. Available in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Punjabi and Spanish.