Equality Report Card: Domestic Violence Court Option


Our Analysis:

Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Valerie Docherty has publicly stated her support for moving towards a domestic violence court option with the inter-departmental working group and with other Ministers. This is good news.

Discussions have taken place over the last year to determine feasibility of a domestic violence court option, and we understand that these have used community recommendations to guide the early stages of considering what kind of court would work best for PEI.

The discussions led by the Office of Attorney General and Interministerial Women’s Secretariat and including the Departments of Health and Social Services and Seniors are focused on a determining the needs and concerns of government departments to implement a domestic violence court option This cross-departmental consultation process is taking a long time, but we are hopeful that the time invested will result in better results.

The Status of Women Council sees these as small steps, which we already acknowledged in last year’s Report Card. Council wishes to support government to move towards larger, more substantive steps and to participate in community input about models and best practices for a domestic violence court option.

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.

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