Family Violence

Domestic / Family Violence

It is the policy of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service to protect human life by vigorously investigating incidents of domestic / family violence and supporting victims through a coordinated community response designed to improve the quality of life.

Domestic / Family Violence

It is any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, including emotional/psychological abuse or harassing behaviour or threats to harm children, other family members, or pets, by a family member.

Criminal Harassment (Stalking)

Occurs when a person repeatedly follows or watches (stalks), communicates or threatens another and where the victim reasonably fears for their safety or for the safety of anyone known to them. (For a complete definition refer to Section 264 of the Criminal Code of Canada.)


What victims can do?

If you think you may be the victim of domestic / family violence, call police or one of the support groups linked to this site.


What police will do?

  • Conduct a thorough investigation
  • Advise victims that police will lay charges when reasonable grounds exist
  • Advise that neither police nor victims can withdraw charges
  • Obtain statements (written/videotaped)
  • Take photographs (scene/injuries) when appropriate
  • Gather evidence (answering machine recordings/notes/etc.)
  • Obtain services of interpreters when needed
  • Provide support for children when present
  • Provide safety suggestions when appropriate
  • Provide information about available victim services
  • Suggest another place of safety when concerns exist including shelters
  • Advise how to contact victim services agencies in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Remain until satisfied there is no further threat to victim


Visit:  Algoma Family Services

Contact:  Women in Crisis at (705) 759-1230


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