Where can I find legal support if I have experienced partner abuse?
Question & AnswerWhere can I find legal support if I have experienced partner abuse?
4. Contact a program if you have a case in family or criminal court
- explaining the criminal court process and what you can expect as your partner’s case moves ahead
- giving you emotional support
- referring you to community services and resources
The Ontario government has a Victim Services Directory that helps abuse victims find programs and services in their communities. You can also talk to and referral counsellor by calling the Victim Support Line at 1-888-579-2888.
Whether or not you have a lawyer, you may find it helpful to work with a Family Court Support Worker. These are professionals trained to support people in family court who have experienced violence.
Some of the things they can help you with are:
- explaining the family court process to you
- recording your history of abuse for court documents
- making a
- applying for legal aid
- getting the documents your lawyer asks for
- discussing what happened in court and at meetings with lawyers, Family Law Information Centre staff, and so you know what to do next
- speaking with or referring you to services available in the community or in family or criminal court
- go with you to court, if needed
Family Support Court Workers services are free and are available in every family court in Ontario.
If you need help finding a Family Support Court Worker, call the Victim Support Line toll-free at 1-888-579-2888.