01. Abuse Policy

Abuse Policy:

Rainbow Housing Co-operative strives to create a safe and secure community.  If a member of the Co-operative feels that an act of abuse has been inflicted on oneself, any other member, or the co-operative as a whole, a complaint may be filed under the Abuse Policy.

Definition of Abuse:  1. To use wrongly or improperly; to misuse.  2. To treat harmfully, injuriously, or offensive. 3. To speak insultingly, harshly; unjustly to or about.


  1. A written complaint must be submitted to the Chair of the Member Relations Committee. If the complaint involves (directly or indirectly) the co-operative member holding this position, the complaint may be received by any member of the Co-operative Board of Directors.
  1. Once a complaint has been received, an investigation will be undertaken by the Member Relations Chair (or Board Member) and the Member Relations committee. The alleged will then be informed that a complaint has been made. The complainant and the alleged will both be interviewed, as well as any other co-operative member that may be able to provide relevant information.  The situation will be documented as accurately as possible and all information gathered will be kept in confidence.
  1. If upon completion of the investigation, which may or may not involve a mediation process, the alleged may be disciplined by recommendation of the Member Relations Committee, and approved by the Board of Directors. Such recommendation may include termination of membership.
  1. Serious situations of abuse may be forwarded to the legal system, on the discretion of the Board of Directors.