Durham Region Family Lawyers

Domestic Violence


There is no specific charge of Domestic Assault in the Canadian Criminal Code. However, any type of assault is a crime and that includes assaulting your domestic partner or spouse. It is a serious offence and both women and men can be charged with hitting or otherwise threatening their partner or former partner. In the event the assault involves a domestic partner or estranged partner, there are a host of other processes which are involved in addition to the charge of assault. Those conditions may require the accused to move out of the shared home, not to come within a specified distance of the victim and restricted access or communications with their children. Violation of these restrictions can prompt the seriousness to escalate dramatically and can quickly lead to jail time.

Domestic violence is violence or other abuse in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Domestic Violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse.

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(905) 666-5326 Whitby, Durham Region

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