In Canada, domestic violence is a crime. It may take the form of assult. It is assault if you were hit, kicked, or physically hurt in any way. It is also a crime if someone threatens to do these things to you.
If you fear for your safety or the safety of your children, call the police at 9-1-1 or VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808; TTY: 604-875-0885. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text them at 604-836-6381.
VictimLinkBC provides service in all the major languages spoken in British Columbia. This service is private. They will not tell your sponsor or the government or anyone else about your call.
Staff at VictimLinkBC will connect you to services and programs that can help you. These include victim services, transition houses, legal and counselling services. Staff at VictimLinkBC can also give you information about the laws and the justice system.
If your partner is violent, you do not have to stay in the relationship. This is the case even if your partner is your immigration sponsor.
Any assault on Canadian soil is a crime. You can get help from people who understand. Call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808.
Learn more by reading: If Your Sponsor Abuses You a publication from Legal Services Society
If you sponsored your partner, get the help of a lawyer. You may be able to withdraw your sponsorship.
You will not lose your rights to your children if:
IMPORTANT: This page provides legal information, not legal advice. If you need legal advice consult a lawyer.
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