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    Posted: Sep/08/2010 at 1:35pm
  • Abuse is Wrong in Any Language - General information on Canadian law, women's rights and the kind of help you can get if they are being abused. It has information about issues of citizenship, sponsorship, deportation and threats of taking children out of the country. You can get it in many languages. From Justice Canada.
  • All Women. One Family Law. - This website has information about family law in Ontario. The website is in many languages. From Family Law Education for Women (FLEW).
  • A Family Law Handbook for Pilipina Domestic Workers and Caregivers - Information about Ontario family law and how it affects domestic workers, caregivers and their children. It focuses on women who are in Canada under the federal Live-in Caregiver Program. From the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC).
  • Family Safety, Family Harmony - This brochure has information about Islamic perspectives on domestic violence and the law in Ontario. You can get it in many languages. From the Muslim Family Safety Project.
  • You and Your Baby... Abuse and Pregnancy - Abuse usually gets worse over time. It will not stop when your baby is born. This tipsheet has information about abuse during pregnancy. You can get it in many languages. From the Best Start Resource Centre.


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What do immigrants and refugees need to know about domestic abuse?

Ontario criminal law and family law protect you again domestic abuse. If you are a permanent resident, you will not lose your status for reporting abuse or leaving an abusive relationship.

Domestic abuse happens to people from all races, religions, sexual orientations, income levels and education levels.

However, if you are an immigrant or refugee, you may have situations that make you vulnerable to abuse. For example, you might:

  • Not know about Canadian laws and women's rights
  • Not speak English or French well
  • Be isolated from others
  • Fear bringing shame to your family
  • Fear losing your children
  • Fear losing your immigration status
  • Not know about social service agencies that can help you

Domestic abuse is a crime in Canada. It is against the law.

Domestic Abuse and Immigration Status

If You Were Sponsored

If you are a permanent resident (PR):

  • You will not lose your permanent resident status
  • You will not be deported

for reporting that your sponsor abuses you or for leaving an abusive relationship with your sponsor.

If You Are Not a Permanent Resident

If you do not have permanent resident status - for example, if you are a refugee claimant or live-in caregiver - you might have more difficulty.

In this situation, you may be able to apply for permanent resident status on humanitarian and compassionate ("H & C") grounds. You should contact a lawyer or community legal clinic for advice.

Find more information about humanitarian and compassionate applications on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. You can also call the CIC Call Centre for more information.

Your Children

You will not lose rights to your children for reporting abuse or leaving an abusive marriage or relationship.

(Courtesy of: http://www.settlement.org/sys/faqs_detail.asp?k=FAM_ABUSE&faq_id=4001342)


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Where can I get help for domestic abuse?

You can get help in an emergency, in a crisis, or anytime that you experience abuse. You can get help in many ways:

  • Call the police for emergency protection.
  • Go to a hospital or tell your doctor.
  • Call a telephone crisis line for assaulted women.
  • Contact a settlement agency.
  • Contact a community information centre.
  • Speak to a social worker or counsellor.
  • Go to a shelter.

Phone Numbers

  • Assaulted Women's Helpline - Call if you experience abuse or if you have a crisis. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    In Ontario: 1-866-863-0511
    In Toronto: 416-863-0511
    TTY: 1-866-863-7868
  • Emergency Police - Call 9-1-1 or look in the front of your local phone book for local emergency phone numbers.


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Women Shelter and Support in Toronto and other parts of Ontario

General Services
Broad range of services for women who have experienced or are at risk of any type of violence including physical or sexual assault, psychological or emotional abuse, stalking or financial abuse. Includes accompaniment services, crisis intervention, emergency treatments, legal services, and family violence support services. 

Child protective services
Investigation and intervention to ensure the safety and well-being of children who have witnessed or are vulnerable to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Counselling for abused women
Counseling services for women who have experienced or are at risk of abuse.

Crisis lines for abused women
Telephone support for women who have experienced or are at risk of abuse.

Sexual and domestic assault treatment centres
Emergency hospital-based treatment for women, children or men who have experienced domestic violence or have been sexually assaulted. See individual records for details about groups served.

Shelters for abused women
Safe emergency accommodation with telephone crisis lines for women who have experienced or are at risk of domestic violence. Assaulted Women's Helpline 416-863-0511 (TTY 416 364-8762). Outside 416 area 1-866-863-0511 (TTY 1-866-863-7868).

Other Resources

Shelternet.ca provides additional information on how to hide your internet activities and resources about woman abuse, child abuse, how to make a personal safety plan, living in shelters and links to shelters across Canada. Ontario Women’s Justice Network is an online resource providing legal information on issues related to justice and violence against women and children.



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What You Should Know About Family Law in Ontario

This document is by Ministry of the Attorney General.  
Published in 2010.

This publication has information about the laws that may affect you if you separate. For example, the care and support of your children, support for you or your spouse (partner) and the division of your property.

The booklet includes information about:

  • Things You Should Know About Family Law
  • Your Legal Rights and Obligations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Finding More Information

Download What You Should Know About Family Law in Ontario [PDF].



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Family Law Resources in Ontario (PDF 289 KB)
December 2009

This is a directory of legal resources, information, and referral services for service providers and families who need information about family law and courts in Ontario. Topics include family law services at Ontario courts, family violence resources and resources for children, youth, and parents.


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Getting Divorced (PDF 130 KB)
April 2008

This brochure provides information about legally ending a marriage. Topics covered include grounds for divorce, who can apply, how to get a divorce, decisions about support, property, and children, and where to get legal help.
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Living Together: Opposite-Sex and Same-Sex
Common-Law Relationships
(PDF 190 KB)
September 2009
This pamphlet describes how different laws recognize and treat common-law relationships. It highlights the differences and similarities between common-law relationships and legal marriages, and points out the few ways in which the law can still affect same-sex couples differently. Topics include: property, children, support, benefits, taxes, inheritance, and immigration.
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Immigrant women and domestic violence (PDF 248 KB)
January 2009

This fact sheet covers topics for women who have permanent resident status and women who don’t, including women who have applied for permanent residence, refugee claimants, and live-in caregivers. It includes information about applying for permanent resident status on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and how to find legal help and other support.
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Assaulted Women's Helpline

The Assaulted Women's Helpline
1-866-863-0511 (toll-free)
1-866-863-7868 (TTY)
416-863-0511 (Toronto)

This province-wide helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It offers crisis counselling and referrals for women needing a shelter, legal advice or other supports. This service is free and is available in over 100 different languages.



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Femaide: Crisis Line for Women who are Victims of Violence

www.briserlesilence.ca (French only)


Telephone: 1-877-FEMAIDE or 1-877-336-2433 (toll-free)
TTY: 1-866-860-7082

This provincial number automatically connects the caller to a crisis line for French-speaking women who are victims of violence. Calls are directed in priority sequence to one of the three regional lines in the province. This service is free, confidential and  available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Respondents are available to help, listen, intervene in an emergency, and provide referral services for women who need shelter, counselling or other support.




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Women's Shelters

Shelternet.ca provides abused women with information and resources, including a clickable map of shelters in Canada. It supports shelters through no-charge online services such as a "Build Your Own Website" template.

To find out what women’s shelter services are available for Francophones in your region, please call 1-877-FEMAIDEor 1-877-336-2433 (French only)

More information on security planning.



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Sexual Assault/ Rape Crisis Centres

Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Centres offer a wide variety of services to victims and survivors of sexual violence. Services include a 24-hour anonymous crisis/support telephone line, individual and group counselling, court, police and hospital accompaniment, information on the legal system, and community referrals. Francophone services are available in designated areas.

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers

The Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres is a group of sexual assault centres from across the country that have come together to implement the legal, social and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, rape and sexual assault.

Les centres d'aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS) (French Only)

The centres d'aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS) are sexual assault support service centres that offer a broad range of services to sexual assault victims. These services include a telephone crisis and support line available 24 hours a day, individual and group sessions, accompaniment services to hospitals, police stations and tribunals and referrals to other community services.

To find out what French-language services are available in your region, please call 1-877-FEMAIDE (1-877-336-2433).

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres



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Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care and Treatment Centres

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
www.satcontario.com

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres provide 24-hour emergency medical and nursing care to women, men and children who have recently been victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Services include testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, administration of the evidence kit, medical follow-up, crisis intervention for immediate emotional support, and referrals to appropriate community-based agencies.

Sexual assault and domestic violence support centres (French Only)
www.sacc.to
www.satcontario.com/en/home.php

Sexual assault and domestic violence support centres offer emergency medical and nurse services 24 hours a day for men, women and children who have suffered a sexual assault or domestic violence.  Services include pregnancy tests, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, use of medical and legal information kits, emergency treatment services which include immediate emotional support and referral to appropriate community organizations.  Some centres offer services in French.



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Creating a Safety Plan

If you are feeling threatened by an abusive partner, ex-partner, co-worker and/or are being stalked, consider creating a safety plan for yourself. These websites tell you how:

Shelternet.ca provides reliable and up-to-date information for abused women, their family, friends and colleagues. 



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Restraining Orders, Peace Bonds and Terms of Release

In addition to a safety plan, you have other options to increase your safety if you are feeling threatened by a partner or ex-partner and/or are being stalked.

You can learn about restraining orders, peace bonds and terms of release, and how to obtain them, at the Ontario Women's Justice Network website



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SupportLink

SupportLink provides safety planning, follow-up contact and, where appropriate, wireless phones pre-programmed to 9-1-1 for people at high risk of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. The program is an alliance with Ericsson Canada Inc., Rogers Wireless and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

For more information and to find out if you are eligible for SupportLink, please contact:

Telephone: 416-314-2447
Toll Free: 1-888-579-2888



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Victim Support Line (VSL)

The Victim Support Line (VSL) is a province-wide multilingual toll-free information line that provides a range of services to victims of crime. These services include:

  • Information and referral to support services in your community

  • Pre-recorded information about the criminal justice system

  • Access to information about provincially sentenced offenders. You can also register for automated notification when an offender’s status changes.

The service is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Telephone: 416-314-2447 in the Toronto area.
Toll Free 1-888-579-2888 throughout Ontario.



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Women's Centres

These offer a whole range of programs, including services for abused women, ESL classes, counselling, job training and re-skilling, self-employment resources, housing support, and free legal clinics.
The Ontario Women's Directorate provides ongoing funding to qualifying women's centres throughout the province through the Investing in Women's Futures grant program. The Ontario Association of Women's Centres website can help you find the closest Women's Centre.

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For Women Who Don’t Speak English or French

Hot Peach Pages

The Hot Peach Pages website provides an international inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women's organizations, searchable by country, plus an index of domestic violence resources in over 75 languages.

Language Interpreter Services program

If you are a victim of violence, you may be eligible for free language interpretation in Ontario’s justice system. Administered by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and funded by the OWD, this program for victims of domestic violence who have limited English skills is part of the Ontario Government’s Violence Against Women Prevention Initiatives and Domestic Violence Justice Strategy. It provides funding to community organizations to develop and deliver Language Interpreter Services provide services in over 60 languages, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its goal is to enable victims of domestic violence with language barriers access social, healthcare and legal services as well as the Domestic Violence Court System, in communities across Ontario. Service providers in any social, legal or health care service which provide services to victims of domestic violence are eligible to request services funded through the Language Interpreter Services program on their clients’ behalf.

Telephone: 1-800-267-7329.



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