For more legal information, visit the CLEO website and Your Legal Rights

Change font size:

Resources and Publications

Children's aid: Information for parents (Fact sheet)
(
March
2014
)

This resource offers information to help parents who are dealing with child protection agencies. It outlines when an agency might contact a family, how to respond if contacted, what the agency might do, what to do if the agency takes a child away, and where to get help in many languages.

Step 1: Choose language Step 2: Choose from available formats and options
Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook
(
February
2016
)

This handbook is for any woman in Ontario who is being abused, or who has been abused, by her partner. It includes information on making a safety plan, preparing to leave, the criminal process and trial, a woman's rights under family law, protection orders, and legal and community resources in Ontario.

It also has information on how abuse may affect a woman's immigration status, and a section that focuses on Indigenous women.

Step 1: Choose language Step 2: Choose from available formats and options
Elder Abuse: The Hidden Crime
(
November
2013
)

This resource describes the different types of elder abuse, the signs and symptoms of elder abuse, why it happens and why it is seldom reported. It also includes information on how to get help and support, and lists resources available in communities across Ontario.

Step 1: Choose language Step 2: Choose from available formats and options
Family violence when a woman is sponsored by a spouse or partner
(
May
2017
)

Many women are sponsored by a spouse or partner for permanent resident status. If they experience family violence, they may want to know whether they will be forced to leave Canada if they separate from their spouse or partner. This resource is for front-line workers and explains when separation may place a woman’s status in Canada at risk. It talks about when and how to refer a woman for legal help and what kind of evidence may be useful for a woman who wants to stay in Canada but does not yet have permanent resident status or whose status is "conditional".

Step 1: Choose language Step 2: Choose from available formats and options
Humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) applications and refugee claims: how are they different?
(
May
2016
)

This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada. It explains some of the differences between making a refugee claim and making an application on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds and when and where to refer a woman for legal help.

Step 1: Choose language Step 2: Choose from available formats and options
Making a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application
(
May
2016
)

This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada. It explains what a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application is, what Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) considers in deciding an H&C application, what kind of evidence is needed to support an application, and when and where to refer a woman for legal help.

Step 1: Choose language Step 2: Choose from available formats and options
My Safety Plan
My Safety Plan
(
May
2016
)

This online resource helps people in abusive relationships create a safety plan to keep themselves and their children safe. The plan has space for people to fill in information that applies to them and "to do" lists to help them stay safe at home, at work, in public, and online. It also includes organizations they can contact for help, and a checklist of things to keep in an emergency bag if they need to leave their home quickly.

Step 1: Choose language Step 2: Choose from available formats and options