Monday, 23 October 2017 11:09

Violence Prevention Week in Sask.: info on helping to prevent child abuse available

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Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan has announced October 23-27, as the fourth annual Violence Prevention Week in Saskatchewan.



“With the tragic levels of violence we continue to see in our province, this is an issue our government takes very seriously,” Morgan said.  “Violence of any kind in our communities is unacceptable and we all play a role in stopping it.  Thank you to the University of Regina for again asking that this important week be proclaimed.”

“Our government is committed to promoting healthy, respectful relationships to help change the culture of violence in our province and ensure the safety of all Saskatchewan citizens,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Bronwyn Eyre said.

The province is continuously working across sectors to develop tools to aid those encountering violence and those working to support victims.  In response to the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, and with funding from Justice Canada, the Ministry of Justice is increasing witness aid tools to significantly improve a witnesses’ experience while providing testimony.  More than 30 new witness protection screens, manufactured in Saskatchewan, will be acquired and the number of court locations equipped for video testimonial abilities will be increased.

The province is also releasing a revised Child Abuse Protocol.  This protocol updates and simplifies the previous version, released in 2014, and is supported by multiple ministries and by all provincial police forces.

“We all play an important role protecting children and youth from neglect and abuse,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said.  “This week, I encourage everyone to take 10 minutes and complete our easy and informative online course to learn more about your duty to report.  It could make a world of difference in the life of a vulnerable young person.”

More information about the new protocol, along with a link to the online course, is available at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/justice-crime-and-the-law/child-protection/child-abuse-and-neglect.

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