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Welcome to the Family Law Protection Orders and Peace Bonds Survey

Please read the information below carefully before deciding whether you would like to participate in the study.

We would like to hear from you if you:
  • Are a support worker, front-line worker, victim services worker,    legal advocate, or in another type of role supporting cisgender and transgender women or gender-diverse people who experience intimate partner violence, domestic violence or gender-based violence
  • Live in B.C.
  • Are 19+
About the Survey
Thank you for your interest in participating in this survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about family law protection orders and peace bonds as they relate to intimate partner violence and gender-based violence in B.C. Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) is seeking to understand the challenges and barriers that survivors face in pursuit of family law protection orders and peace bonds. We are gathering data in order to influence government policy and best practices to maximize accessibility and effectiveness of family law protection orders and peace bonds, to better protect women, girls, and gender-diverse people facing intimate partner violence.

The following survey covers topics including, but not limited to, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, gender-based violence, family law protection orders, peace bonds, police responses and the legal system as it relates to violence against women and gender-based violence. We will ask you questions about your work supporting women and gender-diverse people with obtaining and enforcing family law protection orders and peace bonds.
Information and material presented in this survey may trigger unpleasant feelings, thoughts, and responses. If you need support in working through feelings or triggers that may arise, we invite you to contact a support worker at BWSS’ crisis line. The crisis line can be reached by phone at 604-687-1867 or toll-free at 1-855-687-1868. The crisis line can also be reached by email at
Voluntary Participation and Withdrawal
Your participation is voluntary. You are not required to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable. You may skip any questions, take a break, or stop taking the survey at any time. We encourage you to prioritize your well-being throughout this process; you may share as much or as little as you like.

If you decide to withdraw at any time during the survey, please do not submit your survey and no information will be retained. If you choose to withdraw consent after you have submitted your survey, you can contact Kirstin Scansen-Isbister, Research and Policy Analyst by email at: to request the withdrawal of your data.
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