A 13-person panel tasked with writing a report on domestic violence deaths in Saskatchewan have released its final report by making 19 recommendations.
Some of those recommendations include developing a comprehensive program that focuses on building education and awareness about healthy relationships and how to prevent and respond to situations of domestic violence and abuse, educate employers about the need for employees to have training in responding to actual or suspected incidents of domestic violence and allowing victims to have time to heal, to develop a first responder team in all communities across the province who have expertise in domestic violence and to investigate the implementation of a protocol similar to the Saskatchewan Child Abuse Protocol that requires reporting domestic violence situations.
The government adds it will be implementing Clare’s Law—a disclosure process which will allow police to disclose information about previous violent behaviour by a potentially violent individual to their partner.
Speaking at the Legislature, Justice minister Don Morgan says it is the government’s hope to have that bill passed by the end of the year.
Morgan adds the government will be spending approximately $19.5 million that will be provided to community-based organizations across the province to deliver violence support services and prevention programming.
The NDP’s Nicole Sarauer is glad to see the report finally come out and is praising the panel for their hard work on the issue. She says it is imperative for the work of the panel to not be wasted so she is urging the government to adopt all recommendations. She says if that is to be done, more money will be needed.
“It’s not enough.” Sarauer said at the Saskatchewan Legislature Thursday morning. “We have known about this problem for a long time, yet we see a flatline in funding to crisis shelters that have wait lists which are unreal.”
Statistics Canada says Saskatchewan has the highest rate of intimate partner violence, intimate partner homicide and sexual assault per capita of any province in Canada.