Addressing cases where a person has experienced abuse

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Cases where 1 or multiple persons have experienced abuse may be identified during an investigation or while processing the following types of applications:

These instructions are intended to

Where a situation of abuse is known, officers must be careful not to penalize the victims or put them at further risk. Being aware that a client is a victim of abuse may impact how the application is processed and its outcome.


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