Domestic violence is wrong. Husbands and wives do not have the right to be violent with each other. In Canada, assault is a crime.
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.
If you have permanent residence status or conditional permanent resident status, you will not lose your status if you report the assault to police or leave a violent relationship.
You will not be deported. You may be able to get welfare (money from the government for basic needs such as housing, food and clothing).
If you do not have permanent residence status, it is more difficult. But there are some options. Canadian immigration offers some protection to newcomers who are assaulted by their partners. You may be able to apply to stay in Canada for “humanitarian and compassionate” reasons.
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:
- you report the crime of assault, or
- you leave a partner who assaults or threatens you.
Last reviewed: March 2016
IMPORTANT: This page provides legal information, not legal advice. If you need legal advice consult a lawyer.
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