Battered Women: How to Use the Law

Publisher:  Edmonton Women's Shelter Ltd. c/o Student Legal Services Law Centre, Edmonton, Canada
Year Published:  1978  
Pages:  24pp   Price:  Free  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX970

As stated in the introduction, "This pamphlet gives information on what to do when you are being threatened or beat up by your husband or boyfriend."

Abstract:  As stated in the introduction, "This pamphlet gives information on what to do when you are being threatened or beat up by your husband or boyfriend. It will tell you something about how you can use the law, and it will tell you what you can expect to happen after you take action." It outlines steps involved in getting a lawyer either on one's own, or through legal aid, as well as explaining the procedure involved in taking the man to court.

Suggestions are given in order to help women stop a man from beating them. They are advised to scream, try and get out of the house and find witnesses who will corroborate their story. There are also detailed instructions explaining the procedure involved when charging the man with assault. The court process is outlined and different kinds of protection such as "peace bonds" and "restraining orders" are explained.

The booklet also informs the woman of the steps involved in getting a legal separation or divorce. Grounds for the divorce and how to obtain custody of the children are both explained.

Addresses and phone numbers for various legal services and women's shelters are included for the cities of Calgary and Edmonton.

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