In the Family

Is a family member trying to control your behaviour by using intimidation, physical force, finances, manipulation or guilt? The following resources provide information on abuse and violence that occurs between family members who may or may not live in the same household. Some are specifically about child abuse, elder abuse or spousal abuse.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.


Suggested Resources

A resource for support workers and community advocates to help women to better understand the law around child welfare. It was produced by the VAW Legal Information Resource: Supporting Aboriginal Women Facing Violence project as an on-line legal information resource

Related legal topic(s): Child abuse, Family violence general resources, Legal process

These resources hae been developed by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA)  for Albertans experiencing domestic violence and the frontline service workers who assist them. Resources address family-based legal issues that Albertans fleeing domestic violence need to consider before and after they have left an abusive relationship. The series covers:

  1. Gathering Evidence of Abuse
  2. If You’re Thinking of Leaving
  3. Planning for an Emergency
  4. Preparing for Court
  5. What you need to know about… Emergency Protection Orders
  6. What you need to know about… Queen’s Bench Protection Orders
  7. Working with a Family Law Lawyer
  8. Writing an Affidavit

For a complete list of resources in the Families and the Law: Domestic Violence Series please visit CPLEAs publication page at Select Family Law from the drop down menu.

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

These two online tutorials were created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. The first covers making a report to the police; what will they do; and what you may have to do. The second explains what else may happen for the accused.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Legal process, Police

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

This online resource is provided by Willownet, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. This resource includes information about restraining orders in emergency and non-emergency situations, as well as the process of getting a restraining order, and the steps to take after applying for a restraining order.

Related legal topic(s): Relationship violence, Spousal abuse

Alberta Resources

This publication from Alberta Children and Youth Services (Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying Unit) explains the nature of abuse of persons with disabilites. It then describes what you can do if you realize that you are in an abusive relationship or you are concerned about a friend who may be in such a situation. (PDF – 15 pages)

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

The Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Network is a province-wide network of professionals dedicated to increasing community awareness around elder abuse and the resources available to address it. The network is comprised of representatives from communities across Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse

This article was prepared for the Centre`s for Excellence for Child-Wellbeing as an overview of child welfare in Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Child abuse

This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: What is Assault?, Intent, Consent, Self-Defence, Legal Options Available to the Victim, and Self-Referral Numbers. This resource is also available for download as a PDF (6 pgs)..

Related legal topic(s): Crimes and offences, Sexual assault, Victim support and victim rights