FREDERICTON (GNB) – Proposed regulations under the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Act, outlining processes to support the operation of the act, have been posted for public review for the next 30 days.

“Your government understands that people face many barriers when they attempt to leave situations of intimate partner violence,” said Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry. “By setting out a process through which intimate partner violence victims and professional support staff  can apply for emergency intervention, the act and these  regulations will enhance the safety of victims and their children. The act and regulations are important in fostering healthy families and communities in New Brunswick.”

The act, tabled last winter, allows victims to apply to a hearing officer or designated authority for an emergency intervention order to obtain civil remedies in urgent situations without giving notice to the current or former partner. These remedies could include exclusive occupation of the residence, temporary possession of personal property, no-contact provisions, temporary custody of children and seizure of weapons.

The proposed regulations, which would take effect in 2018, include:

  • procedures for making an application
  • requirements for service and notice
  • information that must be provided to the person being served with the emergency intervention order
  • requirements for the content of the order
  • the category of people who may apply on behalf of victims 

Anyone wishing to review or comment on the proposed regulations may visit the Public Review of Draft Regulations webpage. Feedback may also be submitted by calling 506-453-5304.