EXPLANATORY NOTE The purpose of the Bill is to provide for intervention in cases of domestic violence beyond what is allowed under the current law.
We also help women to rebuild their lives after escaping violence, and fund counselling for children who have witnessed violence to help them heal and prevent them from becoming victims or abusers themselves.  Homicide in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada, Table 6.
Recently, there has been some consideration within the research community both nationally and internationally and by federal, provincial and territorial governments towards including all types of intimate partner relationships, including dating partners, in a definition of family violence (see, for example, Justice Canada 2009, Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention Administration Committee 2010).
Violence against dating partners has been argued to fall within the definition of family violence, due to its many similarities with spousal violence.
Designated judges or justices of the peace will be available to hear applications for emergency intervention orders 24 hours a day seven days a week.
chapter 33 An Act to better protect victims of domestic violence Assented to December 21, 2000 Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows: Definitions 1.