Emergency Protection Orders (EPO) provide the ability for the victim to remain in the family home where they can have uninterrupted access to school, family, employment and community support, along with temporary possession or control of personal property for the applicant (e.g., vehicle, medical cards, I.D. documents), temporary care and custody of children, among other things.
Applications for Emergency Protection Orders can be made on an ex parte basis (the other side is absent or unrepresented), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A victim can apply in person at a Provincial Court during regular court hours without a lawyer or they can go to their nearest police station. This provides for the expansion of access to justice services for people residing in areas where there is no court.
Additional information is available on the Department of Justice and Public Safety website.