What is domestic violence? The United Nations defines domestic violence as a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence is also known as “domestic abuse” and/or “intimate partner violence.”
The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological.
Criminal charges that often arise out of a domestic violence situation are:
- Assault – s. 266 of the Criminal Code
- Assault Causing Bodily Harm – s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code
- Assault With A Weapon – s. 267(a) of the Criminal Code
- Aggravated Assault – s. 268 of the Criminal Code
- Choking – s. 267(c) and/or s. 246 of the Criminal Code
- Sexual Assault – s. 271 of the Criminal Code
- Damage to Property – s. 430 and/or s. 429(3) of the Criminal Code
- Theft – s. 334 of the Criminal Code
- Mischief – s. 430 of the Criminal Code
Call For Help!
If you, or someone you know, has been charged with an offence arising out of a domestic violence situation, help is available. These situations are always challenging, with emotions running high, and people’s entire families and residences changing in an instant. There is a way to restore peace and move forward.
Don’t delay in calling us right away – the quicker we get to work for you, the quicker you can heal, deal with the court process, and move on.