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Family Violence

Family violence is any type of abuse or violence that occurs within a family. Family violence is always unacceptable and is often also illegal activity. Any of the following forms of abuse are examples of family violence:

Physical: hitting, kicking, pushing, and other forms of unwanted physical contact

Sexual: unwanted sexual activity including touching, fondling and sexual intercourse without consent, sexual harassment, sending or posting intimate images without consent, and other unwanted acts of a sexual nature

Emotional or Psychological: isolating, threatening, coercing, calling names, and other forms of harassment

If you are the victim of family violence, there are several legal and non-legal resources available to help you. Options include:

  • Calling the police and pursuing criminal charges
  • Going to a shelter
  • Applying for a peace bond
  • Applying for an emergency protection order (EPO)
  • Consulting a lawyer

Victims might want to consider doing all the above. It might be useful to consider keeping important things together in case it is necessary to leave your shared space quickly. Some things to consider include:

  • MCP card
  • Insurance information
  • Bank and credit cards
  • Medication and mobility aids ( canes, walkers, etc.)
  • Identification
  • Any court papers
  • Money

Contact information for services that provide assistance to victims of family violence can be found at the end of this publication.