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Resources and Publications

Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook
(
October
2019
)

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.

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Has your child been charged with a crime? (Fact sheet)
(
September
2019
)

This resource offers basic information about what a parent can expect if a child under the age of 18 is charged with a crime. It includes sections on the kind of lawyer the child needs, relating to the child’s lawyer, keeping the child in school, how the child’s records can affect their future, what to do if asked to pay for damage the child has caused, and where to get help in many languages.

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Indigenous rights: Bail
(
December
2020
)

This resource explains Gladue factors that courts must consider when deciding whether to give bail to an Indigenous person.

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Indigenous rights: Diversion
(
December
2020
)

This resource explains when Indigenous diversion may be available and how it works.

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Indigenous rights: Sentencing
(
December
2020
)

This resource explains Gladue factors that courts must consider when sentencing an Indigenous person.

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Police Powers: Stops and Searches
(
October
2019
)

This resource sets out the rights of a person who is stopped, questioned, searched, arrested, or detained by the police. It also explains when the police can enter or search someone's home.

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