If you are in a situation of domestic violence, you are not alone. Domestic violence is unfortunately all too common in Ontario communities, and it affects both men and women. When you are ready to leave an abusive relationship, there are steps you should take to protect yourself and your children. Talking to a lawyer is one of them.
As a mother, former self-represented family law litigant and trained lawyer, I know how overwhelming a separation process can be for many people, in particular those affected by domestic violence. When I started my Toronto legal practice, under the banner of Kathryn L. Smithen, Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public, it was because I wanted to help those who need assistance navigating the complex process of the law. I know the fear and anxiety you may feel because I was a domestic violence victim myself.
Taking The First Step To Protect Yourself
If you are being abused, you should trust the police. You should file a police report and seek medical attention. This is important not only for your own physical well-being, but it also provides a record for the court of what has happened to you. You should seek the assistance of any social workers or community outreach personnel that are available to you.
When you are ready to take the next legal steps to end your relationship, contact a lawyer. As a family law advocate, I have assisted many spouses seeking divorce or separation, including in cases of family violence. Together we can work together to ensure that you and your children are safe. As your lawyer, I am by your side.
Contact Me For Legal Advice Regarding Divorce And Domestic Abuse
To schedule an appointment with a Toronto domestic violence lawyer, contact my office online or by calling 647-496-2765, 800-392-9043 toll free.