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Protection Orders

What is a protection order?

Call Prince George lawyer Benjamin D. Levine now!  If abuse has been a factor in your relationship you may want to or need to file a protection order or restraining order against your spouse or family member. Such an order can protect you by limiting contact with the offender and prevent risk of family violence. Who you or your children can be protected from is not limited to your spouse or common law partner and can include:

  • your child's parent or legal guardian.
  • a relative of a former spouse or partner or child's parent or legal guardian.
  • relatives of any of the people above that lives with them.
  • a relative of yours that lives with you.
  • your own child.

You may find that not you but another family member might be at risk and so protection orders can be used to provide protection for them as well.

One of the key purposes of a protection order or restraining order is to prevent or limit family violence so it is important to recognize family violence when it happens to ensure that you can get your self, or someone you know that has become a victim of family violence, help whether it be in the form of a protection order or not. In family law any of the following can constitute family violence:

  • Abusing family member physically, sexually, emotionally or psychologically
  • Stalking or invading personal privacy such as looking at personal emails or text messages of the victim.
  • Damaging the victims property
  • Exposing children to family violence.

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How does a protection order actually protect you?

As a legally enforceable order, protection orders can limit contact between the offender and you, your children and any other family members at risk of abuse. They can order an offender to stay away from your home, work, school and other places where your children or other family members spend time. They can also contain details such as disallowing the offender to carry a weapon or follow you or your children or other family members. To ensure your safety, orders also allow you to have police escort you to your previously shared home to get personal belongings. Alternatively the order can have police vacate the offender from the home when you go to visit. The main point here is that the order is legally enforceable. If breached, the order can warrant the arrest of the offender on criminal charges. The order itself will also dictate the power the police have in the event that the order is breached. So if you or someone you know is at risk of family violence, please contact us right away. We will discuss your situation with you and come up with at plan that will work best for you and more importantly keep you and your loved ones safe.

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