↗ The members of the Advisory Council put a very high value on the work of the renewed Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention and the Family Violence Prevention and Community Development Coordinator, especially when their work meaningfully includes women’s organizations and vulnerable populations, and when it complements the work of community-based groups. The Seniors’ Secretariat and Children’s Secretariat, too, are playing their role in awareness building through public education initiatives and projects.
↗ There have been many and varied initiatives to support violence prevention for all ages and for vulnerable groups. A few actions the Advisory Council would like to highlight: amendments to the Child Protection Act so it includes 16-17 year olds to better protect them from abuse and neglect; changes to Child protection to increase partnerships with the Aboriginal community; the new Police Act and its training regulations that increase training requirements on domestic violence intervention; Police Act mechanisms for complaints against the police; a new Aboriginal Victim Assistant Program in Victim Services in collaboration with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy to respond to needs of Aboriginal victims of crime; and Victim Services publications translated for newcomers. These initiatives are all good news.
↗ The Advisory Council appreciates the flourishing of training events and conferences that put the spotlight on family violence prevention. In the past two years, these have included Family Violence Education for Professionals, with a focus on children, and training sessions by White Ribbon Campaign’s Michael Kaufman, with a focus on what boys and men can do to prevent violence.
→ Women in PEI: A Statistical Review reminds us that in 2009, 84 women and 51 children used Anderson House. In 2008/2009, 517 women called the FVPS emergency line. During a six-month study period in 2009, FVPS outreach served 335 women, most of them with children under 16. From 2007 to 2010, 91.9% of new requests for service at the Rape and Sexual Assault Centre came from women, and almost a quarter of them were women between 18 and 24 years old.
Targetted programs for preventing violence against women of various ages (youth, seniors) and/or various vulnerable groups (Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, new immigrant women): 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.