(N.B. I've never studied the Canadian legal system, I'm not Canadian, I don't live in Canada, and I've never been to Canada. But I like cheese curds.)
In a nutshell: what I want to know
(Hypothetically) A mother is abusing her adult child, but they do not live together. Does the Family Law Act, or any other law, enable the victim to seek and receive injunctive relief, such as a Protection Order?
Laws that might apply
Family Law Act, S.B.C. 2011, c. 25 (FLA).
Aaron is an adult natural-born Canadian citizen residing in British Columbia. Aaron lives alone in his domicile. Rita is Aaron's mother, and she is an adult natural-born Canadian citizen residing in British Columbia. All legally-relevant actions occurred within British Columbia.
The government is not prosecuting criminal charges against either party. Assume each has fully vested rights, privileges, powers, and immunities: for example, neither of them has been found incompetent or been placed under guardianship. Assume the default legal-relationship between them: the rights, privileges, powers, and immunities automatically granted by the law due to their familial status have not been mitigated.
Actions by the parties
If a court were to fairly and thoroughly examine evidence presented by Aaron and Rita, the court would likely find that one or more of Rita's actions were psychological and/or emotional abuse of Aaron. The court would likely find that Rita's actions included one or more of the following: harassment of Aaron, coercion of Aaron, unreasonable restrictions on and/or prevention of Aaron's financial autonomy, and restrictions on and/or prevention of Aaron's personal autonomy.
What (civil) relief is available in British Columbia?
I'm unsure about the scope of application of the FLA. Specifically, I am unsure if a court can issue a Protection Order against a respondent if the two family members do not live together.
Procedures such as seeking a Protection Order under the FLA in provincial court are intentionally designed to make it easier for laypeople to seek and receive relief. Whether or not Aaron may seek relief under the FLA, what other layperson-friendly laws might provide relief?
Thank you for your time.