From CBC News–
‘We understand that COVID-19 brings higher tensions for families.’
Manitoba has strengthened its supports for victims of domestic violence, to ensure they get help well before matters appear in the courts.
“Victims seeking justice often face additional challenges as they attempt to navigate the courts system, which we know can be an overwhelming experience,” Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said in a news release.
The Domestic Violence Support Service has been expanded to help victims whose current or former partners are involved in restorative justice proceedings.
“Restorative justice seeks to repair harm, address the circumstances that contributed to the crime and support and empower victims and perpetrators of violence to self-determine their healing goals,” the provincial news release says.
Two restorative justice workers who provide victim-focused, one-on-one support will be assigned to intimate partner violence diversion files in Winnipeg.
Group programming will also be available, including a new online workshop on healthy relationships launching this month.
The workshop will support victims whose matters are proceeding through restorative justice and cover topics such as the impacts of trauma, how to stay safe and self-care.
NOTE: November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the province is reminding Manitobans affected by family and intimate partner violence of available resources. The province provides funding to support a confidential 24/7 toll-free crisis line staffed by shelters across the province. Manitobans can call 1-877-977-0007, text 204-792-5302 or 204-805-6682, or visit www.gov.mb.ca/familyviolence. In an emergency, dial 911 or call the local police service.