Emergency Protection Orders are short term, temporary orders to help protect victims of domestic violence made under the Domestic Violence Intervention Act (DVIA) of Nova Scotia.
An Emergency Protection Order is not right for everyone. It is a good idea to check with your local police, transition house or victim services office to talk about applying for an Emergency Protection Order and to make safety plans for yourself and your children.
To apply for an EPO, you must be over 16 years old and have been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom you are or have been in an intimate relationship and you live together now or have lived together in the past, OR you have a child or children together, even if you have never lived with each other.
Every EPO that is approved is reviewed by a Justice of the Supreme Court within 7 days.
NOTE: Click here for information about Emergency Protection Orders for persons living in a First Nations community.