The NDP is calling on the Sask. Party to act to help women fleeing interpersonal violence by finally proclaiming Clare’s Law into force, and by committing funding to the YWCA’s Centre for Women and Families in Regina.
“The government has technically passed Clare’s Law, which allows police to warn partners of someone's violent or abusive past, but they haven’t yet proclaimed it into force,” said NDP Deputy Leader and Justice Critic Nicole Sarauer. “The Minister for the Status of Women rejects the notion this government ‘hasn’t done enough,’ but they haven’t even done the things they’ve been taking credit for doing. They’re letting down far too many women throughout the province who are trying to escape interpersonal violence.”
Despite 600 Saskatchewan women each month being turned away from shelters after fleeing interpersonal violence, the Sask. Party has left federal funding for emergency and secondary shelters on the table.
“We know that women are at the greatest risk of domestic homicide in the days and hours after leaving their abusers, so the government should be doing everything they can to support victims, including opening more spaces for women in need,” Sarauer said. “A great way to stop failing women fleeing interpersonal violence would be to commit to funding shelters such as the YWCA’s Centre for Women and Families.”