How can the law help after abuse has occurred?
Abuse hurts: no one deserves to be treated badly or to live in a deliberate atmosphere of fear and anxiety. Abuse does not stop on its own. If it is ignored, it will continue, and may even get worse. You can take actions on your own and with the help of others to end the abuse.
Provincial Abuse Line – Call 1-855-4HELPAB (4435722)
Connect with resources, support, services and referrals
Family Violence Info Line – 310.1818
Talk to trained staff over the phone toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in more than 170 languages.
If you suspect that a loved one is being abused…
If you are not allowed to see a family member and you think that he or she is a victim of abuse, you should call the police.
In Alberta, under the Protection Against Family Violence Act, police can ask a judge for special permission (a warrant) permitting entry into a family member’s home. Before granting the warrant, the judge will need to see a statement from you made under oath. The warrant allows you to go into a family member’s home and make sure the family member is safe. If this person wants to leave or needs assistance, police can help.
The warrant also gives the officer the right to enter, search for and examine the person in question, and remove that person with that person’s consent. A warrant permitting entry may be granted where the judge is satisfied that there has been a refusal of access to a family member, and the family member may have been the subject of family violence, and will be found at the place to be searched. Therefore, the warrant is specific to a particular location.
To get more information:
- Call your local police, RCMP detachment, shelter, or victims’ services unit. They can help you get more information about other services in your community. More information on where to get help can also be found on our page of More Information
- The Office for the Prevention of Family Violence has information about family violence and the Protection Against Family Violence Act. It also has materials in many languages. Call 310-1818 from anywhere in Alberta 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find a link to their website on our page of More Information.
If you are being abused…
When you are in danger, you can call the police for help. Even if you think that the incident is not significant or you think that you caused the person to abuse you, consider calling the police. This is an important way of protecting yourself and one way of preventing further abuse. The following links provide information on what kinds of things might occur if you do call the police.