All of the following publications have been updated to conform to the new BC Family Law Act (March 18, 2013).
Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse
Outlines what abuse is from a legal perspective and what a woman’s legal rights are if she is in an abusive relationship. Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse explains what women can do to protect themselves and their children, and the kind of help they can get. It includes:
- how to make a safety plan,
- what the police can do,
- how the court process works, and
- how to leave an abusive relationship.
This booklet also has a chapter about violence against Aboriginal women and lists the resources available to them.
Live Safe — End Abuse Fact Sheet Series
This series of fact sheets describes 10 aspects of relationship abuse (domestic violence) to inform and educate readers about this issue. All list community support services and legal resources for further help (phone numbers, websites, publications). Topics include:
Living Together or Living Apart: Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce
Explains the basics of family law in BC. Includes information about:
- being married or in a marriage-like relationship (also called a common-law relationship),
- what separation and divorce mean,
- how to work out arrangements for parenting if you have children, and
- how to sort out money matters.
It also explains your legal options and where to get help, and includes a chapter for Aboriginal families.
If Your Child Is Taken: Your Rights As a Parent
Explains about child protection law and what parents or guardians can do if the director of Child Welfare removes their child or is planning to remove their child from the home. Describes what happens at court and where to get legal help.
Child Protection Process in British Columbia (flow chart)
This poster describes the child protection process in flow chart form. The step-by-step overview begins at the investigation and the decision whether protection is required, shows the outcomes of the presentation hearing, and ends with the possible outcomes of the protection hearing.
Aboriginal Child Protection Process (flow chart)
This poster gives a step-by-step overview of the Aboriginal child protection process and the rights of Aboriginal children and families. The poster:
- informs Aboriginal parents of their right to get a lawyer as soon as they’ve been contacted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (or an Aboriginal delegated agency) about a child protection issue,
- includes how to contact legal aid to find out if you qualify for a free lawyer.
This flow chart also appears in Parents’ Rights, Kids’ Rights, which has a chapter for Aboriginal families.