Diane's story: Do I need a protection order?
This 13-minute video is for people who live with an abusive partner, and want to leave.
How to get a protection order under COVID-19
If you’ve been in a marriage or a marriage-like relationship, you might be able to get a protection order under the Family Law Act to keep you safe from your abusive partner (or ex-partner).
Before you apply for a protection order
- If you can't afford a lawyer, call legal aid to apply for a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be able to get a legal aid lawyer to help you apply for the protection order. 604-408-2172 (Greater Vancouver) 1-866-577-2525 (elsewhere in BC)
- Get help from a community support organization to assess your risk and help you make a safety plan. Contact VictimLinkBC for help.
- Get legal advice from a lawyer to work out if a protection order is the best choice for you. See Who to call and Where to go for where to find help.
If you’re applying for a protection order, then your matter relates to your or your children’s health and safety. The courts take this very seriously and will likely consider your matter urgent.
See our step-by-step guide How to apply for a protection order.
If you think you can notify the other person about your application for a protection order without risking your safety, send them your completed forms. MyLawBC's Make a Safety Plan pathway can help you assess your risk.
Call 911 or your local police emergency number if you're afraid for your safety. Don't wait.