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Protection orders are the primary way family violence is addressed under the ''Family Law Act''. Under section 183(1), an ''at-risk family member'', someone on behalf of an at-risk family member, or the court itself can ask for a protection order, and the claim for a protection order needn't be made with any other claims under the act.
The act has a number of
really important definitions that relate to protection orders. ''At-risk family member'' and ''family member'' are defined in ss. 182 and 1, respectively:
<blockquote><tt>"at-risk family member" means a person whose safety and security is or is likely at risk from family violence carried out by a family member</tt></blockquote>
<blockquote><tt>"family member", with respect to a person, means</tt></blockquote>
<blockquote><blockquote><tt>(a) the person's spouse or former spouse,</tt></blockquote></blockquote>