This topic discusses the legal procedures available to prevent further family violence. If you have been a victim of physical beatings, sexual assault or threats by a spouse or partner, there are several remedies available to prevent further contact with the abuser. The discussion below identifies legal steps and options to protect the victim’s safety and prevent any further violence:
If your spouse pleads not guilty, a trial date is set. You will be expected to go to court and testify as to what happened on the day of the assault to prove that they are guilty of assaulting you. You do not need a lawyer, as you are a witness for the prosecution. The Crown Prosecutor will handle the trial.