Family violence can occur in any relationship, including relationships where the parties no longer live together or have never lived together. It impacts everyone in the family, including children, whether or not the violence is directed at them.
Ending a relationship is a very difficult time for most people. When family violence is present this time can be very challenging and, in some cases, even dangerous. Accessing information about family violence, available supports from the community and legal responses to family violence may help you to stay safe.
Safety Planning Tool Now Available
Family Law Saskatchewan now has a Safety Planning Tool designed to help people dealing with violent relationships by providing them with strategies to increase their safety. By answering anonymous and confidential questions about their situation people can create a safety plan specific to their situation and their needs.
What is Family Violence?
Many different terms may be used to describe family violence, including abuse or domestic violence. Regardless of the words used it is important to understand what types of behaviour are considered family violence. Identifying these behaviours is the first step towards dealing with them.
Leaving a Relationship & Family Violence
Individuals leaving a relationship where there has been family violence face many issues in addition to the issues that all separating couples face. Help is available from the community. Our laws also provide some help for people in these situations.
If you fear for your safety because there has been violence or threats of violence there are laws that can assist you.
Family Violence & Family Law
When any relationship ends decisions about how children will be looked after and supported, whether one spouse will pay support to the other, and how to deal with family property need to be made. However, individuals leaving relationships where there was family violence face additional challenges and issues that may require a different approach.
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and neglect involve behaviour that is harmful to the child. Information about child abuse and neglect, and available resources, can help parents protect their children.
There are laws to protect children who are at-risk because of neglect or abuse. If a child is in need of protection a number of steps can be taken. Agencies involved in child protection work with families to ensure the child’s safety.