Domestic Violence Fact Sheets

Domestic Violence(PDF)
Domestic violence is any form of violent or abusive behaviour that happens during a relationship or after a relationship ends. Domestic violence may include more than physical or sexual violence; it can include other forms of abuse in an attempt to control or intimidate someone.

Child Protection(PDF)
In B.C., a child is anyone under the age of 19. Child abuse can take different forms. It may be physical, sexual, emotional – or the result of neglect.

Elder Abuse(PDF)
Elder abuse or neglect is when there is violence against seniors or mistreatment of seniors, including neglect of seniors who depend on others for care. Abuse or neglect may take many different forms including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Many types of abuse, and some types of neglect, are criminal offences.

Family Violence
This resource, available in both text and audio formats, provides a good summary of what abuse is, where you can get help, what happens in the courts, and options available. (Punjabi, Chinese)
Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
This resource, available in both text and audio formats, covers many topics related to child abuse, including the duty to report it and what happens once it is reported. (Punjabi, Chinese)
Legal Information for Battered Women: If You Are an Immigrant Sponsored by Your Husband
This fact sheet is for you if you are an immigrant woman who is sponsored by your husband, and you are afraid for your safety and the safety of your children because your husband has hit you, threatened to hurt you or the children, or has threatened to damage things you own. (Spanish, Punjabi, Farsi, Chinese)

Immigration System: Legal Considerations for Women Who have Experienced Violence
This article provides a general overview of the different sponsorship classes and how leaving an abusive relationship will affect the women’s immigration status.

Your Rights if You Are a Victim of Crime
This one-page information sheet outlines your rights if you are a victim of crime. It highlights VictimLINK, the Crime Victim Assistance Program, Victim Services and the Victims of Crime Act. (French, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese)
Some Common Criminal Charges in Violence Against Women Cases
This fact sheet lists and defines common criminal offences in violence against women cases.

Criminal Justice System
This article discusses criminal code offences, defines violence against women and explains where to get help if someone is experiencing violence in their relationship.

Are you experiencing abuse? Do you know how to protect yourself?
Are you experiencing abuse by your partner, but aren’t sure how to protect yourself or how to leave? Although you cannot control your partner’s violence, you may be able to increase your own safety and that of your children. This brochure describes the actions you can take to increase your safety and the safety of your children, and describes how you can develop a plan to leave.
Is someone you know being abused? Do you know the warning signs?
You may suspect abuse is happening to a neighbour, friend or family member, but do not know what to do or how to talk about it. You may worry about making the situation worse. This brochure describes the warning signs and the steps you can take to help.
Is someone you know abusing his partner? Here’s how to talk to him about his behaviour
Everyone has a role to play in preventing violence against women. This brochure describes the warning signs of abuse and how you can help by talking to the abusive man about his behaviour.
Legal Information for Battered Women: Custody and Access
This fact sheet is for you if you are a mother, and your husband or partner has hit you or threatened you and he (or she) is the legal parent of your children, and you have left the relationship or are thinking of leaving. (Spanish, Farsi, Punjabi, Chinese)
Legal Information for Battered Women: Peace Bonds, Restraining Orders, and No-Contact Orders
This fact sheet is for women who are afraid for their own safety or the safety of their children because of a husband or partner who has beaten or threatened them, or threatened to destroy things they own. (Chinese, Punjabi, Farsi, Spanish)
For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Restraining Orders
This publication provides information for women in relationships who need protection from violence or the threat of violence. Proection can come in the form of a peace bond or restraining order. (Chinese, Punjabi)
Resources for Women and Advocates: Violence Against Women and the Law
This document lists over 60 resources that help women facing violence and the support workers that help them.
Help Starts Here
This resource provides an overview on the physical effects on children that are victims of crime. Topics include why some victims do not get help, reporting crime to police and protecting children.
VancouverCoastal Health Resource Card
Use this website to search for domestic violence service locations near you. (Different languages)
Stopping the Violence: A guide for women facing domestic violence
This brochure includes dozens of resources available for women facing domestic violence, tips and information about violence and its affect on the children, establishing a safety plan, and more.
Legal Information for Battered Women: Taking Legal Action
This fact sheet is for any woman who has been beaten or threatened by a husband or partner, and is taking legal  action to change her situation. Taking legal action can be confusing. This fact sheet will help you sort out who does what. (Spanish, Punjabi, Farsi, Chinese)
Resources for women facing abuse: wallet card
This brochure features resource numbers for emergency services, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Aboriginal services, youth safe houses and transition houses.
VictimLINK Multilingual Poster
This multilingual poster publicizes VictimLINK - the toll-free, province-wide 1-800 number that is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for all victims of crime. It also provides immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence. VictimLINK provides service in 130 languages including 17 Aboriginal languages. (French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Punjabi, Persian, Vietnamese)