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
Contact the police
Call the local police or the nearest RCMP detachment and tell them you need an Emergency Protection Order. The police can apply for you.
Legal Aid can offer legal advice or help you apply for an Emergency Protection Order:
Hours: 3 pm to 10 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
You may be asked to download and fill out the Telephone Application for an Emergency Protection Order – by Claimant (COVID-19) (PDF, 101 KB).
EPO Telephone Application guidelines
Read the modified procedures and guidelines for Emergency Protection Orders Telephone Applications (COVID-19) (PDF, 28 KB).