Victim of Domestic Abuse? Apply for a Protection Order
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be able to apply for a protection order in British Columbia. Here are the steps to apply for a protection order:
Contact a Victim Service Worker: If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, you can contact a victim service worker at your local police department or community-based victim services program. They can provide you with information and support and can help you understand the process for applying for a protection order.
Complete the Application: You will need to complete an application for a protection order. You can obtain an application form from any Provincial Court location, from a victim service worker, or you can download it from the British Columbia government website through this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/courthouse-services/documents-forms-records/court-forms/prov-family-forms (Form 12 - Application about a Protection Order).
File the Application: File the completed application with the Provincial Court registry. You do not need to pay a fee to file an application for a protection order.
Attend a Hearing: After you file your application, the court will set a hearing date. At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to present evidence and explain why you need a protection order. The other party will also have the opportunity to present evidence and respond to your claims. You need to explain why you remain in danger.
Receive the Protection Order: If the court grants your application, you will receive a protection order that outlines the terms of the order, such as what the abuser is not allowed to do, and for how long the order will remain in effect.
It's important to note that the process for applying for a protection order can be complex, and it's recommended that you seek the assistance of a qualified family lawyer or victim services worker to help guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected.