If you are in immediate danger, feeling unsafe, experiencing threats, stalking, cyberstalking, and/or abuse, you should contact the police immediately. Call 911 or, if 911 service is not yet available in the community, call the local RCMP detachment or police department. For a list of RCMP detachments in Manitoba, please visit: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/detach/en/find/MB
If you are not in immediate danger, but want help to figure out what to do or next steps you can contact resources listed below:
- The toll free Domestic Abuse Crisis Line (open 24 hours) at 1-877-977-0007;
- Manitoba Justice Victim Services between 8:30am and 4:30pm at 204-945-6851 or toll free at 1-866-484-2846;
- Any of the community based agencies listed on the Safety Resources page.
Self-guided information is strongly encouraged and best understood in consultation with a professional that can help you understand intimate partner violence. Safety plans can be developed to your specific needs by working with an experienced agency. For more information, visit the Intimate Partner Violence section of this website.
Emergent Access to Court of Queen’s Bench
The Court of Queen’s Bench has instituted a new model for scheduling and case flow of Family Division matters that aims to resolve cases at the earliest point possible. Parties are encouraged to explore settlement of issues outside of court. If issues cannot be settled, parties must complete prerequisites prior to obtaining a hearing date before a judge.
The Court of Queen’s Bench has established that in limited circumstances, a party can apply to have the court hear their matter urgently. The circumstances in which the court will consider doing so include when there is:
- an immediate or imminent risk of harm to a party or a child of a party
- the removal of a child from Manitoba
- the loss or destruction of property
In order to hear the matter, the court must agree that the request fits into one of these three categories and grant permission to the party to proceed. For more information about proceeding to court, please see Court System and Procedure section of this website.
If you have questions about making an application to Court please contact a Family Guide at GetGuidance@gov.mb.ca or call: 204-945-2313 (Winnipeg) or 1-844-808-2313 (toll-free).
For more information on emergent hearings, please visit:
Court of Queen’s Bench Rules 70.24(12)
Best Practices in Transitional Cases Under the New Family Division Case Flow Model, page 11
For more information on situations outlined above, please visit the following sections:
Immediate or imminent risk of harm to a party or a child of a party
The removal of a child from Manitoba
The loss or destruction of property
- Accounting, Equalization and Protection (Property)
If you are not in danger of immediate harm, but have questions about your family law related issue, our family guides are here to help you. We provide free and confidential information.
Please contact a Family Guide at GetGuidance@gov.mb.ca or call: 204-945-2313 (Winnipeg) or 1-844-808-2313 (toll-free).