Abuse and Violence

Abuse and violence can take many forms: physical, psychological, verbal, financial. The resources in the following sections can help if you or someone you know is being treated badly.

In the Family

  • Information on abuse and violence that occurs between family members (spouses, parents, children) of all ages who may live in the same household.

In a Relationship

  • Information on abuse and violence that occurs between people who are dating.

In the Workplace

  • Information on abuse and violence that occurs among co-workers at or outside the workplace. It can involve physical aggression, sexual acts, threats of violence, verbal abuse, harassment, and assault.

In the Community

  • Information on abuse and violence that affects the entire community, such as gang violence, as well as random violence.

Suggested Resources

Legal information that may help you if you are experiencing violence in a relationship.

Related legal topic(s): Family violence general resources, Spousal abuse

This online tutorial was created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. There are several different kinds of protective orders. Some are available under federal law (the Criminal Code of Canada); some are available under provincial laws. If you have been abused and want the abuser to stay away from you, you can apply for protective court orders. These court orders tell the abuser to stay away. If the abuser then does not stay away, he or she can be punished.

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Legal process, Protective orders

This website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) focuses on how Canadian law protects and affects older adults. Topic areas covered include elder abuse, planning for the future, personal and family relationships, and various other issues (e.g. consumer, travel).

Related legal topic(s): Consumer protection and fraud, Elder abuse, Family law general resources, Guardianship and trusteeship, Wills and estates

Alberta Resources

Catholic Social Services is a multi-function social service agency that serves people of all faiths and cultures throughout central Alberta. Founded in 1961, the agency has grown to deliver more than 100 programs.CSS is divided into Service and Program areas offered in five distinct Regions throughout central and northeast Alberta. Major Service areas include: Children, Family, and Community Service,Community Outreach and Disability Service, Immigration and Settlement Service, and Substance Abuse and Corrections Service.

Related legal topic(s): Corrections, Disabilities, Drugs and alcohol, Immigration, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Parole, Refugees, Reintegration


The Canadian Network of Women's Shelters and Transition Houses new online resource which provides women and their children with a one stop connection to help in their community.

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Relationship violence, Spousal abuse