Family Violence & Abuse FAQs

When can I be charged with domestic violence during a separation?

It is very easy to be charged with domestic violence in the context of a separation as this is a time where there may a large amount of anger and emotional discussions between the parties. Domestic violence is not treated any differently just because the parties are separated and its definition remains the same as always.

Domestic violence includes the use or threat of physical or sexual force and includes emotional or psychological abuse or harassing/threatening behavior directed between partners with whom there is or was an intimate relationship. This means that domestic abuse can include non-physical violence and can also include actions as small as a slap.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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