Within this publication, analysis of violence within the family is primarily based on statistical data that are consistent with definitions, unless otherwise stated.
Determining the family relationships for inclusion in a definition of family violence is also a question of scope.
It allows the following persons to apply for an order under the Act: spouses, former spouses, same-sex partners, former same-sex partners, persons who are cohabiting, persons in a dating relationship and relatives who reside together.
The Superior Court of Justice may make an intervention order pursuant to an application on notice to the respondent if it is satisfied that domestic violence has occurred and any person or property may be at risk of harm or damage.
Defining family violence is integral to accurately profiling the issue.
While there is no universally accepted definition of family violence, two elements must be considered in any definition: the forms of violence to be included and the types of family relationships.
Victims of family and domestic violence often feel isolated and do not know where to turn for help.
Sources Domestic abuse is often a gradual process, with the frequency of assaults and seriousness of the violence slowly escalating over time.
At the Canadian Women’s Foundation, our vision is for all women in Canada to live free from violence. The long-term experience of being abused can destroy a woman’s self-confidence, making it more difficult for her to believe that she deserves better treatment, that she can find the courage to leave, or that she can manage on her own.
That’s why we invest in violence prevention programs that teach teens how to create safe and healthy relationships. Aren't men just as likely to be victims as women? If a woman is being abused, why doesn't she just leave the relationship?  The Violence Against Women Survey, Statistics Canada, 1993.
Victims of violence and abuse usually return to the relationship many times before leaving it.
To harm, or threaten to harm, another person is against the law under the of Canada regardless of the relationship between the two parties.