Changes to the Domestic Violence and Stalking Act come into effect May 15, providing better access to protection orders to assist victims.
The act will make it easier to access protection orders, which will now consider the seriousness and urgency of the circumstances. It will also take firearms out of the hands of suspected abusers, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said in a statement.
“When a victim of domestic violence comes forward, we need to ensure the entire justice system is ready to provide comprehensive and effective assistance,” said Stefanson.
The act also modernizes the definition of stalking to include cyberbullying and other online activity.
A new form for protection orders and more information for victims of domestic violence is available online at gov.mb.ca/justice.