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November is Family Violence Prevention Month here in Alberta.
At CPLEA, we want to support those experiencing family violence through education about their legal options.
- Online Family Violence Resources – WillowNet.ca
- CPLEA Downloadable Resources
- New LawNow articles about Family Violence & the law
- Other resources
CPLEA IS RECRUITING NEW BOARD MEMBERS!
WillowNet.ca is a CPLEA website dedicated to educating Albertans about abuse and the law.
Check out some of our featured resources on family violence and abuse below.
Emergency Protection Orders
An Emergency Protection Order (EPO) is a kind of no contact order that helps protect Albertans from family members committing family violence.
Going to the Police
The role of police is to protect the public and lay charges. They investigate crimes and consider many things when deciding whether to lay charges. However, the Crown prosecutor makes the final decision about prosecuting the accused, based partly on whether they believe a conviction is likely.
Information for Non-Canadian Citizens
An abusive spouse or partner cannot have you deported from Canada if you leave the relationship or report the abuse. Only government immigration officials can deport you.
Different options are available depending on your immigration status including a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP).
Ending Your Rental Lease Early
Under Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), tenants can end a lease if their name is on the lease, the tenant or their dependant experiences domestic violence, and their safety is at risk if the lease continues.
Check out LawNow.org for all our articles!
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence: How to respond positively and with compassion
by Tiffany Goebel
- Beyond ‘High Conflict’: The need for domestic violence awareness and assessment in family law interventions
by Glenda Lux
Alberta has the third highest rate of self-reported spousal violence among Canadian provinces.
Help is available.
Here are some resources for immediate help if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence:
- Alberta Family Violence Info Line (310-1818) is available toll-free to Albertans 24/7 in over 170 languages.
- The Alberta Family Violence Info Line chat is available 24/7 daily in English
- Find a shelter at acws.ca (Alberta Counsel of Women’s Shelters)
Share the hashtag #wheretoturn on social media to raise awareness.
Through awareness, education, and support, we can work together to build healthier relationships in our communities.
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