When a person is charged with a family violence-related crime, they have to go to provincial court. This court process can be difficult for anyone, but especially for someone who's been abused. The case may move slowly through the justice system.
It's important to remember, though, that many who've gone through this process have found it helpful in the end. There are people who want to help you, and workers from the Women's Shelter, the Outreach Centre, John Howard Victim Assistance Program, the Crisis Centre or Victim Services can be with you during the court process if you wish.