Nov. 9, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Health Minister Mary Schryer, who is also the minister responsible for the status of women, issued the following message following Premier Shawn Graham's declaration marking November as Family Violence Prevention Month:
Violence against women is a societal problem, and we all have a responsibility to eliminate it. The work being done around the province on the issue of violence against women is impressive and very encouraging. Developing a co-ordinated and comprehensive response to address violence against women is central to moving forward.
Through the action plan, A Better World for Women: Moving Forward 2005-10, the provincial government and community partners are working diligently to create awareness, streamline services and help women achieve a specific vision: that all New Brunswick families live in a secure and nurturing environment free of abuse and violence.
Addressing violence against Aboriginal women is also a priority for this government, and there is much work to do to ensure that all forms of violence and abuse are eliminated from First Nations and from all communities in New Brunswick. The provincial government is committed to continuing to work with its partners in First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations so that all Aboriginal women in our province are free to enjoy a healthy, safe and productive life, free of violence.
The Advisory Committee on Violence Against Aboriginal Women developed a strategic framework to end violence against Wabanaki women in New Brunswick to address this central concern. The framework provides contextual information on the extent of the problem among Aboriginal communities in New Brunswick and Canada, and it outlines several potential actions in the areas of capacity-building, prevention and education, and service delivery.
The prevention of family violence is a central focus of this government. The Provincial Partnerships in Action Committee will hold a fall meeting where network representatives from 14 local family violence committees will come together for:
As minister responsible for the status of women, I fully support initiatives such as these, which aim to address domestic violence. As long as violence against women is a reality in our society, we will continue to work each and every day to shed light on this issue and to work with our partners in the community to eradicate it.