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Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

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Part 3: The criminal process

In Ontario, the police have to charge someone with a crime in all cases of domestic violence where they have reasonable grounds to believe a crime has occurred.

If you call 911 because you want the police to talk to your partner or to give him time to “cool off ”, the police might arrest him and charge him, even if that is not what you want.

All calls to 911 are recorded. So, if the police charge someone with a crime and the case goes to criminal court, what you say to the 911 operator can be used as evidence in court.

Important: If you fear for your safety, call 911.