If you believe yourself or a loved one to be in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1.
Restraining Orders are available to anyone who experiences harassment, threats, or actual physical violence from another person. The Restraining Order may be granted without notice to the other party in circumstances where notice may increase the risk of harm. Restraining Orders may be granted in a situation involving a short-term relationship, for example.
Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs) are available to anyone who believes there is a threat of violence or has experienced violence at the hands of a family member, and there is an immediate need for protection from that person. “Family violence” includes:
- any intentional or reckless act or omission that causes injury or property damage and that intimidates or harms a family member;
- any act or threatened act that intimidates a family member by creating a reasonable fear of property damage or injury to a family member,
- forced confinement,
- sexual abuse, and
As long as there is a clause in the EPO stating as much, if the person breaches the conditions of the Order, they can be arrested.
If you feel that you may be at risk due to another person, please go to a safe place and contact us at 587-943-1394 to help you apply for a Restraining Order or an Emergency Protection Order.
Note: an EPO is typically granted without notice, but has an automatic review date shortly after being granted. If you require assistance with a review of an EPO, we would be pleased to assist.
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