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Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Actions to Address Violence Against Women in Nova ScotiaTimeline, 1974-2012 (Part 4 of 6, 1994-2000)

Community Highlights:

1994:
-Information of Association des Acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Ecosse.
-Domestic Violence Study in Acadian and French Communities.
1995: Millbrook Family Healing Centre founded (Millbrook)

1996:
-Universal Shelter (safe house) Association formed to respond to needs of minority groups (closed in 2004).
-Halifax Regional Victim Services established with a focus on domestic violence cases.
-United African Canadian Women Association founded (Dartmouth).

1999: “Moi, Je m’affirme!” Project created by the Association des Acadiennes de la Nouvelle Ecosse.

2000:
-Inspire Program for Girls launched by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre (now the Antigonish Women’s Resource and Sexual Assault Centre).
-Central Nova Women’s Centre opens in Truro.
-Transition House Assocation of Nova Scotia (THANS) releases “Abused Women in Family Mediation: A Nova Scotia Snapshot” report.
-Black Women’s Health Network created (became the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC) in 2002).

Government Highlights:

1994:
-Nova Scotia Department of Justice implements the Child Victim/Witness Program.
-“Family Violence Prevention initiative Progress Report 1993-1994” released. (can be seen in the following images)

1995: -Framework for Action Against Family Violence initiated to improve the justice system’s response to incidents of spousal/intimate partner violence.
-Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission issues “From Rhetoric to Reality: Ending Domestic Violence in Nova Scotia” discussion paper. (can be seen in the following images)
-Health Canada releases Peggy Mahon’s “A Case Study of Intimate Partner Homicide in Nova Scotia”.

1996: Nova Scotia Department of Justice issues a pro-Arrest, pro-charge, pro-prosecution policy changes directive to criminal justice agencies.
1997:
-Training on family violence issues launched for criminal justice workers.
-Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women hosts the Provincial Women’s Forum Challenge to Change!, April 24th, 25th, and 26th in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Topics. A diverse groups of panelist and keynotes spoke on and discussed a number of topics affecting women in Nova Scotia including Women and the Economy; Women in Education; Women and Health; and Women, Human Rights, and the Law. (can be seen in the following images)

1997/1998: Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women published the second edition of “Making Changes: A Book for Women in Abusive Relationships” (1997)/ “Changer pour le mieux: un livre pour les femmes victims de violence” (1998), which was distributed to transition houses and women-serving organizations.(ccan be seen in the following images)

1999: Nova Scotia Government reviews the Framework for Action Against Family Violence.

2000:
-Nova Scotia Government responds to the Maxwell-George murder-suicide.
-Making History: Building Futures: A Quiz About Nova Scotian Women for Women’s History Month, published in October, 2000 in celebration of Women’s History Month highlighting the great accomplishments of Nova Scotian women past and present. (can be seen in the following images)

Date: (2013)

Reference:  Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women NSDV4 & Acadian

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