Family violence

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If you or someone you know is a victim of family violence, there is help. You can get in touch with the police, community workers, the court system, or all of these resources as needed. Learn steps you can take to stay safe and protect yourself and your family.


This information has been updated to reflect changes to the Divorce Act that took effect on March 1, 2021, as well as new Provincial Court Family Rules that took effect on May 17, 2021.

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Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in December 2021
  • Time to read: 10 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

JP Boyd, KC, Boyd Arbitration Chambers; Tannis Baradziej, Duncan Allen Law LLP; and Manjeet Chana, People's Law School

JP Boyd, KC, Boyd Arbitration Chambers
Tannis Baradziej, Duncan Allen Law LLP
Manjeet Chana, People's Law School

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.


On Dial-A-Law

Dial-A-Law has more information on Abuse & staying safe in the section on Families + Children.

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