Abuse and Family Violence

Domestic Violence Series Elder Abuse L’abus fait aux aîné-e-s
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Families and the Law: Domestic Violence Series

How to use the law to keep away an abuser.The Protection Against Family Violence Act (PAFVA) provides for protections against family violence including threats, stalking, damage to property, not allowing a family member to leave the home, and physical and sexual abuse.

Last updated: May 2015

Explains the law and parenting in Alberta.

  • custody and guardianship,
  • parenting plans,
  • how to make agreements with the other parent,
  • common problems and suggestions on how to resolve them.
Last updated: June 2014

Calling the police and making a criminal complaint is an important way for a person experiencing abuse to be protected and one way to prevent future occurrences.

Last Updated: December 2016

An Emergency Protection Order (EPO) is a legal tool intended to protect Albertans experiencing family violence.

If you are experiencing family violence, you may want to consider applying for an EPO.  This resource provides information on eligibility, range of options, and how to apply.

Last Updated: May 2016

Explains what an exclusive possession order is and what a court order can cover, such as: sole possession of the matrimonial or family home. A court can also order your spouse or partner be evicted from the home and can require him or her to stop entering or going near the home. An exclusive possession order can also give you exclusive possession of the family vehicle, pets, and other household goods you need to look after yourself and your children.

Last Updated: May 2016

If you are thinking about leaving an abusive relationship, but worried about supporting yourself financially, this guide will explain financial support options that may be available to you.

It includes information on government-funded emergency supports and how to make an application for child and/or spousal/partner support.

Last Updated: May 2016

If you have experienced domestic violence, it is important to document and gather information about your experiences in case you have to make a court application, such as an application for custody of your children. While this can be a very difficult process to go through, it can substantially increase your chances of success in court. This information sheet will help you to understand the process involved.

Last Updated: May 2016
If you are at-risk of or currently experiencing domestic violence and thinking of leaving your relationship, this information sheet lists some important things to consider in making a plan to leave.

Last Updated: May 2016
This resource features information for anyone who is not a Canadian citizen and has experienced or is at-risk of family violence. This includes anyone who is being sponsored by their spouse or partner (“family class sponsorships”) or is a foreign national dating someone in Canada.

Last Updated: October 2017

If you are experiencing any form of domestic violence (physical, mental, social, emotional, sexual), you may be able to get a no contact order to help prevent the abusive party from seeing or communicating with you. In Alberta, there are different types of no contact orders.

Answer the questions on this information sheet to help determine which orders may apply to your situation.

Last Updated: May 2016

A peace bond (also known as a recognizance) is a type of no contact order that is issued by a criminal court judge. You can apply directly to criminal court for a peace bond. They are also issued as a way of resolving criminal charges.

Last Updated: May 2016

If you are at-risk of or currently experiencing domestic violence, it is important to think about what to do if the situation escalates and you need to get help right away.

This tipsheet provides information on who to call and where to find help.

Last Updated: May 2016

Going to court often causes feelings of anxiety and fear. These tips will help ease your nerves if you need to attend court.

Last Updated: May 2016

This information sheet describes what a Queen’s Bench Protection Order is;

  • how it differs from an EPO;
  • when a QBPO can be applied for as well as how to make an application.
Last Updated: May 2016

The Residential Tenancies (Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence) Amendment Act allows tenants who are experiencing domestic violence a way to end their lease early, without financial penalty

Last Updated: December 2016

What is a restraining order and who can issue an order?

If you are not eligible for an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) or Queen’s Bench Protection Order (QBPO), then a restraining order may be your next best option, especially if you need help right away.

Last Updated: May 2016

This fact sheet provides information for Albertans who are thinking of leaving an abusive relationship, and may need to prepare family court applications for protection orders, financial support, or child custody.

Last Updated: May 2016

If you are leaving an abusive relationship, a family law lawyer can play a key role in helping you understand your legal options, rights, and responsibilities.

Last Updated: May 2016

If you have left an abusive relationship and are making a family court application, you will likely need to submit an affidavit with your application. If you have a lawyer, he or she will draft an affidavit for you to review and sign. If you are representing yourself, you will probably have to write your own affidavit.

Last Updated: May 2016

 

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse isn’t just physical, it can also be sexual, emotional, and financial. This booklet provides information on what elder abuse is, how to recognize different forms of elder abuse and what to do about it.

Last Updated: June 2017
  • Outlines which pieces of legislation that relate most closely to elder abuse;
  • Addresses support orders, protection orders, personal directives, capacity issues, and criminal matters under the law.
Last updated: March 2015

A chart summarizing the elements of each legal tool (personal directive, power of attorney, co-decision making, supported decision-making) that can be used for the prevention of elder abuse.

Last updated: March 2015

Elder abuse is defined as any deliberate action or lack of action that causes harm to an older adult is elder abuse. This tip sheet outlines risk factors identified with abuse and answers the question “what is abuse”. It provides information on types of abuse, along with examples and indicators of abuse.

Last updated: March 2015

A summary of legal remedies that can be taken when the best options (Power of Attorney, Personal Directive, Trusteeship) have not been put in place to prevent elder abuse.

Last updated: March 2015

This tip sheet outlines the steps in setting up a plan to express your wishes to family members in the event that you lose capacity. It provides suggestions on how to start the conversation with your loved ones and what matters might be discussed as well a sample agenda.

Last updated: March 2015

Elder Abuse – Facilitator’s Guide

Last updated: March 2015

Elder Abuse – Resource Manual

Last updated: March 2015

Mental capacity is the ability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of one’s decisions. This tip sheet describes mental capacity and its importance in determining the options that are available in the prevention of elder abuse.

Last updated: March 2015

Mental capacity is the ability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of one’s decisions. This tip sheet describes several legal tools that can be put in place by an older adult, before his/her incapacity, that can help prevent elder abuse.

Last updated: March 2015

This booklet is intended for anyone thinking about the possibility that they or a loved one might face mental incapacity in the future. It explains what mental incapacity is, how it is determined, and how the law responds and can help. It discusses the legal options that are available for planning ahead so that you and your family can have peace of mind and some certainty if mental incapacity arises.

Last updated: March 2015

This tip sheet describes the process involved when elder abuse has been reported to the police. The information covered includes: laying a charge, making a criminal complaint, and the process involved.

Last updated: March 2015

 

L’abus fait aux aîné-e-s – Disponible en français

Parlons-en: L’abus fait aux aîné-e-s – Guide de l’animateur

Last updated: March 2015

La capacité importe-éléments des instruments juridiques

Last updated: March 2015

La capacite mentale et l’abus fait aux aine-e-s

Last updated: March 2015

L’abus fait aux aine-e-s definition

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L’abus fait aux aine-e-s: Parlons-en

Last updated: March 2015

L’abus fait aux aîné-e-s: Planifier a lavance

Last updated: March 2015

L’abus fait aux aîné-e-s: Si aucune planification na ete faite

Last updated: March 2015

Lois de l’Alberta sur l’abus fait aux aîné-e-s

Last updated: March 2015

Lorsque l’abus fait aux aîné-e-s nécessite l’intervention de la police

Last updated: March 2015