↗ Council is heartened to see movement to increase application of Woman Abuse Protocols and to enhance training in the protocols across affected government departments and services. Promising, government-initiated recent meetings among officials from affected departments evaluated the need for updates and helped identify gaps to be filled. These meetings also served to increase awareness of the protocols and their importance.
↗ It is gratifying to see that government departments are identifying areas for improvement. This is particularly important given unstable project funding for community groups that might otherwise be able to undertake long-term follow-up and evaluation of Woman Abuse Protocols.
→ We continue to wait for action or follow-up on a Woman Abuse Protocol for the Child Protection Act. Also, as part of the Disability Support Services Review, we called for funding to assess the need for new Woman Abuse Protocols to support women with disabilities. We hope that when government acts on the Review, it will consider the particular needs of women who face the risk of violence and will develop a Woman Abuse Protocols for women with disabilities.
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2009 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2009 and based on information updated to May 30, 2009.