If you are in immediate danger, call 911
If you have been assaulted or you are in a family violence situation, contact your local police or RCMP detachment.
An Emergency Protection Order (EPO) is granted when:
- violent or threatening behaviour occurs between family members
- there is evidence that immediate protection is necessary
- family violence will resume or continue
The police can apply for an Emergency Protection Order to provide you with immediate protection.
An Emergency Protection Order:
- is granted by the court and enforced by the police
- can prevent a family member from contacting you and other family members
- can stop a family member from coming to your home, school, work or other places
- is only granted in situations of family violence; all other situations require a restraining order
You should have no contact with that family member while the protection order is in place.
How to apply
There are 2 ways to apply:
- call the local police or the nearest RCMP detachment and tell them you need an Emergency Protection Order, or
- follow the steps in the Emergency Protection Orders Telephone Applications (COVID-19) (PDF, 28 KB)