Legal Options For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Family violence or intimate partner violence should always be taken seriously. Victims of any type of domestic violence have options to protect themselves from their abuser and take steps to prevent criminal harassment from continuing. What kind of protections does the criminal justice system allow when it comes to this criminal offence?

Here is what you need to know about domestic violence cases and the legal process of accessing the support services you are entitled to:

Protection Orders

If you are in immediate need of separation from an abuser, crime victims can file for urgent protection orders without having to notify the person they are filing against. The applicant gains peace of mind because it restricts the respondent from contact, usually long-term for three years at a time. 

The best part is that protection orders are filed for free, ensuring that everyone has access to the very real protection they can offer.

Release Orders

On the other hand, you may have relief right now if your abuser is going through the court process. This is especially true if there has been aggravated assault or sexual violence. You can petition the court for a release order which would keep them from contacting you or visiting you once they are released from jail. 

Release orders may not last as long as protection orders because they are designed to see the accused through the court hearings. Depending on the outcome of the case, these could be lifted or the accused may face additional consequences that make a release order unnecessary (like prison time). 

Probation Orders

Maybe you need some legal assistance while the accused is on probation. It doesn’t require a serious sexual assault to get a probation order put in place. These are often issued during sentencing and are up to the probation officer to uphold the order. 

Victims of domestic violence can report violations and the probation officer can decide to revoke parole. 

Advocating for Domestic Charges

Whether there has been physical assault, sexual assault, or verbal assault, family violence is never tolerated. Whether it is intimate partner violence or child abuse, it should be reported as soon as possible. Police reports can help support your case if the officer finds reasonable grounds for charging someone with domestic violence. 

Even something as simple as uttering threats can result in criminal charges and protection for victims. 

Before you can get a court order, you should have a safety plan in place. Ensure you have an escape plan to get away from bodily harm and secure legal help. Let family members know what is going on and make arrangements to seek shelter while you wait for a protection order. 

Secure Legal Help With Brodsky Amy & Gould

No matter what type of violence you are facing, allow Brodsky Amy & Gould to provide guidance for your unique situation. When you require a domestic violence lawyer in Winnipeg, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today and allow us to provide support for you.