Service Description

Permits immediate action to protect a victim of domestic violence in an emergency situation. These Orders are available 24 hours a day, and are in effect for as long as directed by the Justice of the Peace (up to 30 days).


An Emergency Protection Order is granted only if a designated Justice of the Peace is satisfied that: Domestic violence has happened • The situation is serious and urgent.

The Justice of the Peace must consider: Nature and history of the domestic violence • Existence of immediate danger • Best interests of the victim or any child or other person in the victim’s care

Application Process

If you believe that you may be in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1

If your situation is urgent but you are not in immediate danger, call the Justice of the Peace Centre toll free at 1-866-816-6555 or ask a designated person to apply for an order on your behalf

Designated persons include the police, employees at the Victim Services Department of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, and employees at a transition house that is a member of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia

Documents Required

No documents required


No fees

Languages Offered


Coverage Area

Nova Scotia

Contact Details

Hours of Operation

The toll free number can be called Monday-Sunday 9am-9pm

Emergency Protection Orders are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by asking a designated person, listed in the Application Process, to apply on your behalf

Provincial Victim Services Program – Sydney

136 Charlotte Street, 4th Floor
Sydney NS  B1P 1C3
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Mailing Address:
136 Charlotte Street, 4th Floor
Sydney NS  B1P 1C3

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Site Hours



Wheechair accessible via elevator

Coverage Area

Cape Breton Regional Municipality • Inverness County • Richmond County • Victoria County • Guysborough County