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

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What if he is found not guilty?

The Crown Attorney has to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt for your partner to be found guilty. He might be found not guilty (acquitted) even if the judge believes your testimony.

Beyond a reasonable doubt: the standard or legal test of proof that is required in a criminal law case. For someone to be found guilty of a crime, the evidence must show that there is no reasonable explanation for what happened other than that the accused did it.

Even if your partner is found not guilty, the judge can order him to have no contact with you and to sign a peace bond. The peace bond can include conditions like those on bail or probation orders.

Peace bond: a court order that is a signed promise to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

If your partner is not put in jail, you need to make a safety plan for when you leave the court.