The purpose of this site is to provide plain language information about the law to victims of violence in intimate relationships and their supporters. Willownet provides legal information that may help you if you are experiencing violence in a relationship. The site has information that is helpful on: facts about abuse, effects of relationship violence, what the law says about abuse, leaving the relationship safely (safety plan), taking your kids with you, pets, Protective Orders (EPOs, QBPOs) and going to court. The site also provides links to other family violence resources.
Abuse and violence can take many forms: physical, psychological, verbal, financial. The resources in the following sections can help if you or someone you know is being treated badly.
- Information on abuse and violence that occurs between family members (spouses, parents, children) of all ages who may live in the same household.
- Information on abuse and violence that occurs between people who are dating.
- Information on abuse and violence that occurs among co-workers at or outside the workplace. It can involve physical aggression, sexual acts, threats of violence, verbal abuse, harassment, and assault.
- Information on abuse and violence that affects the entire community, such as gang violence, as well as random violence.
CPLEA Suggested Resources
Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.
These resources hae been developed by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) for Albertans experiencing domestic violence and the frontline service workers who assist them. Resources address family-based legal issues that Albertans fleeing domestic violence need to consider before and after they have left an abusive relationship. The series covers:
- Alberta’s Protection Against Family Violence Act
- Child Custody and Parenting Orders
- Domestic Violence: How the Police Can Help
- Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs)
- Exclusive Possession Orders
- Financial Support Options
- Gathering Evidence of Abuse
- If You’re Thinking of Leaving
- Leaving an Abusive Relationship… If you are not a Canadian citizen
- No Contact Orders – Flowchart
- Peace Bonds
- Planning for an Emergency
- Preparing for Court
- Queen’s Bench Protection Orders
- Renting and Domestic Violence: Ending Your Lease Early
- Restraining Orders
- Serving Documents on an Abusive Party
- Working with a Family Law Lawyer
- Writing an Affidavit
For a complete list of resources in the Families and the Law: Domestic Violence Series please visit CPLEAs publication page at www.cplea.ca/publications/. Select Family Law from the drop down menu.
This online tutorial was created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. There are several different kinds of protective orders. Some are available under federal law (the Criminal Code of Canada); some are available under provincial laws. If you have been abused and want the abuser to stay away from you, you can apply for protective court orders. These court orders tell the abuser to stay away. If the abuser then does not stay away, he or she can be punished.
This website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) focuses on how Canadian law protects and affects older adults. Topic areas covered include elder abuse, planning for the future, personal and family relationships, and various other issues (e.g. consumer, travel).
Calgary Counselling Centre is a charitable organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable counselling services to Calgarians. They offer counselling and group programs for individuals, couples, parents, families, and youth to help them resolve emotional and social problems. In addition to its may group and individual program services the Centre also offers a Male Domestic Abuse Outreach Program which provides counselling, advocacy, social service referrals (housing, financial aid, legal guidance, support) to men and their families experiencing domestic abuse of all forms.
Catholic Social Services is a multi-function social service agency that serves people of all faiths and cultures throughout central Alberta. Founded in 1961, the agency has grown to deliver more than 100 programs.CSS is divided into Service and Program areas offered in five distinct Regions throughout central and northeast Alberta. Major Service areas include: Children, Family, and Community Service,Community Outreach and Disability Service, Immigration and Settlement Service, and Substance Abuse and Corrections Service.
Sagesse assists women who have experienced domestic violence or are at risk of being abused. They empower individuals, organizations and communities to break the cycle of domestic violence by curating environments to heal and lead safe, healthy lives . The literal translation of Sagesse is wisdom.The agency encourages the wisdom to seek help, to support and connect, to share knowledge, to self-reflect, and lastly, to create space for healing, learning, and growth.