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Protection against family violence

Protection against a family member

You may file an application in the Family Courts for a personal protection order (PPO) to protect yourself or a family member from violence caused by another family member.

Family violence can be any of the following acts by a family member:

  • Willfully or knowingly placing (or attempt to place) a family member in fear of hurt.
  • Causing hurt to a family member by an act that is known (or ought to have been known) will result in hurt.
  • Wrongfully confining or restraining a family member against their will.
  • Continual harassment with intent to cause (or knowing that it is likely to cause) anguish to a family member.

If you are experiencing family violence

Family violence is hurtful to the victims and the relationship between family members. If left unresolved, family violence may result in any of the following:

  • Serious injuries.
  • Mental stresses.
  • Breakdown of families.

If any act of family violence is inflicted on you or your family members, you should:

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