↗ The entire Family Law Section of the Department of Justice developed a spousal abuse protocol that came into effect in November 2010. All Family Law staff received training on the protocol in May 2010.
↗ The Police Response to Domestic Disputes protocol was revised and updated in 2010; all municipal services, security police officers at UPEI, and the RCMP have endorsed it.
↗ All Department of Justice protocols were updated and distributed as part of an updated Policy Binder and were posted on the Department website to help ensure use on a consistent and ongoing basis.
↗ There appears to be more good news to come. A working group is developing a policy for the Disabilities Support Program (a strong recommendation from the Advisory Council in the past), a working group is revising the policy for the Social Assistance program, and a sub-committee has been set up to update the province’s Child Sexual Abuse Protocol. We look forward to updates on this work and encourage Community Services to develop a new protocol for child protection.
→ There have been no changes to Woman Abuse Protocols in Health and Wellness since 2009. These protocols should be examined to determine if they require updates or if staff are receiving ongoing training to ensure the protocols are being applied.
Increased application of existing Woman Abuse Protocols, with more protocols developed as needed: B+
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.