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When other people can provide evidence

Affidavits can be prepared from other people, such as your doctor, employer, religious leader, your child’s teacher or daycare worker. In these affidavits, people who are aware of the abuse can describe what they know.

These additional affidavits are submitted to the court with your affidavit to provide independent, objective evidence that you have been abused.

Generally, courts are not persuaded by affidavits from your close friends or family members because those people are not seen to be objective. It is assumed they will take your side rather than providing unbiased information. However, if a friend or family member has witnessed an important event or has been a victim of abuse by your partner, their evidence may be valuable. Your lawyer, if you have one, can help make this decision.

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