Justice and Public Safety
February 13, 2019
Justice Minister’s Committee Identifies Actions to Address Violence Against Women and Girls
The Justice Minister’s Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls held its second meeting today with nearly 70 participants joining the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety, and the Honourable Carol Anne Haley, the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. The committee represents a diverse group of government and community representatives who have experience and knowledge of issues surrounding violence against women and girls.
The group discussion focused on education and awareness, culturally appropriate responses, integrated and holistic services and innovative approaches to ending violence against women and girls as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador takes steps towards creating violence-free communities.
The meeting was attended by representatives from women’s organizations, women with lived experience, Indigenous governments and organizations, RNC, RCMP, members of the legal community, community organizations and officials from relevant government departments.
“Violence against women and girls is not solely a justice issue; we all have a role to play in addressing this matter. While we have made great strides there is much work left to do and it will not come easy. Ending gender-based violence requires commitment and urgency but I feel quite confident that we have the right people engaged to enact real change.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General
“There is no simple solution to solving the issue of gender-based violence in our society. However, by working together, we know we will accomplish more than we ever could alone. I commend all those who are working to bring an end to violence and make our communities safer. I look forward to continuing our collective work toward this goal.”
Honourable Carol Anne Haley
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
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2019 02 13 3:35 p.m.