'Litigation harassment' is prolonging domestic abuse

Cuts to legal aid in B.C. have created barriers for women fleeing domestic violence, and abusive partners able to use the legal system to continue harassment.

There is currently a 25-hour funding cap on services lawyers can offer in provincial cases, so many clients eventually end up representing themselves.

Abusers are then able to use the courts to continue their harassment by dragging out legal battles until legal aid runs out.

Legal aid funding needs to be restored in order to help guide victims of domestic violence through the legal process.

Litigation harassment may also be considered a form of "family violence" under the Family Law Act.