What Will Happen If The Police Are Called?

  • You may call police either before or after you have gone to a shelter;
  • Many police forces have a policy that they will lay charges in any domestic assault situation;
  • Some police forces will require evidence of physical abuse before laying a charge;
Once a charge is laid, police can obtain an emergency restraining order on behalf of the abused family member(s), which may be obtained on a 24­hour basis from a presiding justice of the peace or a provincial court judge, without notice to an allegedly abusive spouse.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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