November is Family Violence Prevention Month. To show support for ending family violence, staff from across Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) wore purple on Monday November 25, 2019.
Family violence is an all-too real experience for thousands of Albertans every year. In 2018-2019, LAA lawyers were able to help get 1,933 Emergency Protection Orders issued, assisting a total of 8,171 Albertans. We saw an increase in the number of people assisted by our EPO program in 2018-2019 as a result of greater focus on domestic violence throughout the judiciary and increased awareness of the program.
Our lawyers support EPO Claimants by representing them in court throughout the EPO application process. This can be an overwhelming, emotionally charged and confusing process for many. Our program makes the process easier and reduces those barriers.
If you or members of your family are dealing with family violence, please call the Emergency Protection Order program during office hours:
- In the Edmonton area: 1-780-422-9222
- In the Calgary area: 1-403-297-5260
- In the Lethbridge area: 1-403-388-3162
- If you live outside of these areas, go to your local courthouse during regular business hours or call the courthouse. After business hours, contact your local police or the RCMP.
In the photo, from left to right: Samantha Blanchard, Legal Assistant; Brittney Fraser, Legal Assistant; Christin Riddoch, Lawyer; Victoria Paul, EPO Support Staff; Sunaina Kakkar, Lawyer; and Cordell Prediger, Business Intelligence Analyst.