How the law protects you
The Protection Against Family Violence Act protects victims of family violence, including children
and teens. It holds abusive family members accountable for their actions, and ensures help for family members through the use of:
Emergency Protection Order (EPO)
An EPO can:
- order an abuser not to go places where the victim regularly goes;
- order an abuser not to communicate with the victim;
- allow the victim to stay in the home and order the abuser to leave; and
- allow for other conditions necessary to protect the victim.
There is no cost to get an Emergency Protection Order. Victims, Children and Youth Services
caseworkers and police can all apply for EPOs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Adult victims
can apply for an EPO at provincial court. An EPO must be reviewed in court no later than nine
working days after it is granted.
Court of Queen’s Bench Protection Order
A Court of Queen’s Bench Protection Order covers the same things as an Emergency Protection Order and more. It can:
- order an abuser to reimburse the victim for loss of money resulting from family violence;
- determine who can temporarily possess personal property;
- order counselling for an abuser; and
- authorize counselling for a child without the consent of the abuser.
There is no cost to get a Court of Queen’s Bench Protection Order. Adult victims
can apply directly to Queen’s Bench for the order or in the case of an Emergency Protection Order it is always reviewed by Queen’s Bench. A Court of Queen’s Bench Protection Order can be put in place for up to a year, and can later be extended for up to one more year.