Resources

Victims Info
If you are a victim of crime, or saw a crime happen, this website will show you what will happen before, during and after you go to court. Most of the website’s content is in English. Some information, including links to organizations that can help you, is in French, Spanish, Punjabi, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

VictimLINK
VictimLINK is a toll-free, confidential telephone service (1-800-563-0808) that provides immediate crisis support for victims of family and sexual violence. The service is available in 110 languages. It also provides help for all victims of crime.

The Arrest Handbook
This publication explains what you can expect from the police if you are arrested, and how you can respond if you feel the police do not act properly. Also available in Arabic and Spanish.

Dial-A-Law Criminal Law Scripts
The BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association has prepared a number of helpful audio and text scripts – most are available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. To listen to a script on the telephone, call 604-687-3221 (Vancouver) or toll free in BC: 1-800-663-1919. The website provides text versions of the scripts as well as print friendly versions.

Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial
This booklet explains what can happen when you plead not guilty to a summary offence. It does not try to cover every trial situation, but provides helpful information if you are representing yourself in Provincial Court. The first part of the handbook provides information about court processes before your trial. The second part explains what will happen at your trial.

What To Do If You Are Charged with Assault
This guide describes what normally happens if you are charged with assault. It describes what assault is, what the prosecutor most prove in court, how you can defend yourself, and the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty. Available in English and French.

What To Do If You Are Charged with a Drinking and Driving Offence
This guide describes what normally happens when you are charged with drinking and driving. It covers what the prosecutor most prove in court, how you can defend yourself, and the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty.

For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Restraining Orders
This booklet contains information for women in relationships who need protection from violence or the threat of violence. Also available in Chinese (Simplified) and Punjabi.

Court Codes
This document contains codes and abbreviations used in criminal court forms and applications.

Your Voice in Criminal Court
Your Voice in Criminal Court is a video that helps introduce adult witnesses to Provincial Court by offering general discussion points on a variety of court-related topics. Victim service workers, Crown lawyers and other professionals are also encouraged to use this video to support adult victims and witnesses through the criminal court process.

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Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians
Provides a list of links to information dealing with the ways Covid-19 public health directives are affecting people's lives. Includes general hotline numbers, online resources, changes to legal help & info services, courts, and tribunals. More details
Buying or Selling a Home
Buying or selling a home? You can reduce stress by learning about the process. Our pages include step-by-step guides to Buying a Home, Buying a Condo or Other Strata Housing, and Selling Your Home. These pages feature practical guidance, explainer videos, legal tips, and user stories. More details
Who Can Stay in the Family Home on Reserve
Brochure gives basic information about the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. Describes who has rights to the family home during your relationship, if you and your spouse separate, if your spouse dies. Includes illustrated scenarios and where to get more legal help. More details
Buying a Home in BC
This publication is for those who want to buy a home in British Columbia. It steps you through the process, from making an offer to closing the deal. It also explains the common legal documents involved — in language you can understand. The information is current to November 2019. More details
Family Violence Has Many Faces
This poster has information on different kinds of abuse, and provides the link to the Clear Skies video about family violence. The poster is based on the Clear Skies graphic novel, which is Marnie's story about her abusive male partner. More details
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