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Indigenous women & family court

If you are an Indigenous woman leaving a relationship in which you have been abused you will likely deal with all the issues faced by any woman leaving an abuser: ensuring safety for yourself and your children, finding housing, making safe arrangements for your children, sorting out financial and property issues with your ex-partner, and so on.

However, you may face some additional issues because of the ongoing impacts of colonialism, the residential schools program and racism.

Even though you may want your partner to stop his abusive behaviour, you may want to preserve your family rather than leave him. In that case, you may choose to work with elders and others in your community who know you and your family to try to find a way for all of you to heal and move on from the abuse.

If you decide to leave your partner, you may turn to family law/court to resolve child-related issues, support and the division of property.