Keeping Families Safe: Emergency Protection Orders in the Northwest Territories

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, justice, intimate partner violence, violence

Principal Investigator: Moffitt, Pertice M (8)
Licence Number: 16209
Organization: Aurora Research Institute
Licenced Year(s): 2018
Issued: Jan 15, 2018
Project Team: Heather Fikowski (Co-Investigator , Aurora College), Debby Rochinsky (Co-Investigator , YWCA)

Objective(s): To evaluate the emergency protection order process in the Northwest Territories; and, to increase knowledge about the emergency protection order process among front line workers and the general public.

Project Description: The objectives of this project are to improve the emergency protection order (EPO) process in the Northwest Territories, and, to increase knowledge about the EPO process amongst frontline workers and the general public.

A case study approach will be used. Frontline workers (including Shelter workers, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Justice of the peace officers, Victim Service Workers, Community Justice Workers) will be interviewed. As well, victims of violence who have applied and received an EPO will be recruited and interviewed about their experiences.

The local community Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is involved in this project.

The research team will write a report that will be shared with frontline workers and placed on the Aurora Research Institute website. The team will present the findings to the Coalition Against Family Violence and make a report available to the Department of Justice.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from January 15, 2018 to September 30, 2018.