Category Goals: To reduce violence in our province, we expect the provincial government to provide for community-based, women-led, pro-feminist programs and services that prevent violence against women specifically and family violence more generally, and that provide services when violence occurs.
Focus Group Highlights: Participants in a focus group put a high priority on preventing unwanted preg- nancies, especially among young women. They called for free birth control for young teens and for access to abortion services. They identified access to shelter (women’s shelters, and homelessness shelters) and appropriate, safe housing as primary needs to be met for women to be safe from violence.
Conclusions: Violence against women continues to be a focus for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. In the past two years, we have seen increased funding to support Family Violence Prevention Services and the positive effects of renewing the mandate of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention and filling the Family Violence Prevention Coordinator position. These are important steps. Too many women continue to live with violence and fear – any is too many – and the Advisory Council will continue to press for policies to prevent violence and support victims and survivors.
FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION: 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.