Here’s an infographic on Peace Bonds, the second in our series on Protection Orders. (To save it and share it from your PC, you can right-click on the image and “save as” on your desktop or another folder.)
If you’re afraid of another person, you can try to get a court order that put limits on how they can contact you. These are called “protection orders”. One type is a Peace Bond.
What’s a Peace Bond?
- Criminal Court order that puts restrictions on any person you have reason to be afraid of (e.g. current/former spouse/partner)
- Restrictions can include no communication with you, staying away from you and your children, pets, home, work and property
- Can be in effect for up to a year
- If your abuser does not follow it, the police can lay a criminal charge
When can you apply for one?
- If you have a reason to be afraid of a person
- If you’re afraid for yourself, your child or pet or damage to your property
- There doesn’t have to be a criminal charge or conviction against the abuser – you can apply even if you reported abuse and police didn’t lay a charge
How can you get one?
Contact the police or local Criminal Courthouse to make an appointment with a
Justice of the Peace (JP).
- Tell the JP why you’re afraid and limits you want on how the abuser can contact you. If the JP agrees, the abuser will be ordered to come to court and respond. If your abuser doesn’t agree with what you said or terms of the Peace Bond, you’ll have to go back to court to testify.
- If the JP thinks you have good reason to be afraid, a Peace Bond will be ordered with the limits the JP thinks are necessary.
- It can take several months – it’s important to have a safety plan if you’re afraid.
- If you’re in immediate danger, ask the court for an urgent Peace Bond.