Common Questions

Can I get a legal order to keep an abuser away from me?

If you and/or your children are being hit or abused, you can apply to the courts for a protection order or a peace bond or a no-contact order to keep your abuser away from you and your children.

Note: Effective December 5, 2016, the Ministry of Justice will coordinate the service of protection orders under the Family Law Act, when the order is issued without the respondent (i.e. abuser) in court. This is to ensure that someone's (your) inability to hire a process server does not hinder service. This will be in effect for one year, and may be extended for two additional one-year periods, at the discretion of the Ministry.

Good starting points include:

  • Live Safe — End Abuse: Protection Orders, from the Legal Services Society, is a fact sheet that describes what someone can do if they are afraid for their safety or the safety of their children because a partner has beaten or threatened them. Explains what peace bonds, no-contact orders and protection orders are, and who can help.
  • Applying for a Peace Bond and Filing Assault Charges, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, explains what a peace bond is and what you need to tell the police so that the court may issue one.
  • For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders, from the provincial government and Legal Services Society, is a booklet that explains how and when people can apply for peace bonds and protection orders, and what the differences are between them. 
For more information and support, talk to a victim service worker in your community. Call VictimLink BC or use the HelpMap to find a service in your community.

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Last reviewed December 2016
abusive relationship, relationship violence, family violence, protection order, peace bond, no-contact order, women facing abuse, spouse abuse