Second Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against New Brunswick Women 2005-2010Wednesday, July 28 2010
The N.B. government will spend $7.6 million over 5 years on several new initiatives to reduce violence against women. According to the announcement made in early June 2005, the government will: Over 3 years, establish services to sexual assault victims throughout NB, in partnership with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
- The provision of a program to treat assaulters and programs for women and children who have been exposed to violence in their home (modelled on the London Family Court Clinic).
- The extension of special social assistance benefits for women trying to end a violent relationship to nine months (from three months, currently), so they can share accomodations without penalty and receive better rates.
- The launch of two pilot project of a Specialized Domestic Violence Court that brings together family violence experts, police and court officials, in order to improve victims' access to justice, reduce delays, to improve communication between family and criminal courts in custody disputes
- Ensuring that court-ordered offender interventions are delivered by partner agencies and monitored by specialized court workers to make sure the offender participates fully.
- The use of a risk assessment tool in domestic violence cases throughout N.B., to determine the likelihood the perpetrator will re-offend and the potential for more serious assaults.
- Education and prevention initiatives to raise awareness of the impacts of domestic violence.
- Partnering with other levels of government and communities to support prevention programs for youth and to develop tools and education events.
- Creating an ongoing provincial advisory group that will consist of active members from each regional violence prevention network to advance violence prevention initiatives
- Establishing a fund to provide financial and in-kind support to community groups for both community and province-wide initiatives to support victims and eliminate violence.
- The provision of 70% (reaching 100% by year 5) of operational funding for the 3 existing second-stage housing (Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John) for women after they leave a shelter. Increase funding for domestic legal aid.
- The development of a comprehensive domestic violence legislation framework.
- Conducting a second attitudinal survey (2009-2010) to find out how attitudes have changed since the first such survey was conducted in 2002. - A Better World for Women: Moving Forward 2005-2010 http://www.gnb.ca/0012/Violence/PDF/movingforward-e.pdf
Media release by Premier Lord and Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney: http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/sw/2005e0663sw.htm
New Brunswick's Violence Prevention website: http://www.gnb.ca/0012/violence/index-e.asp
2002 Attitudinal Survey on Violence Against Women: http://www.gnb.ca/0037/report/survey-e.pdf