The provincial government is going to expand the definition of family violence.
Bill 1 will amend the Family Violence Protection Act to expand the definition to include acts of psychological, emotional and financial abuse. That was one of the key elements of the Speech from the Throne yesterday, read by Lieutenant Governor Frank Fagan. There weren’t many details except to say that there will be more supports in place for victims of family violence.
“This could be the turning point.”
That reaction to the Speech from the Throne from Connie Pike, a long-time advocate for measures to combat violence against women.
Pike told Paddy Daly on the VOCM Morning Show that an abusive relationship is not an event, but a process.
She says the chief hallmark of an abusive, dysfunctional relationship is psychological abuse. In that type of relationship, Pike says there is always psychological abuse, but there may not be physical abuse.
Wording of Bill 1 can be found at this link.
Listen to what Connie Pike had to say, below:
In yesterday’s speech, Government also promised a new public health act. The province faces higher than average chronic disease indicators.
The province has reiterated its commitment to attract more immigrants to the province.
Government wants to accelerate offshore oil production to fill what it says will be ongoing demand for fossil fuels as the renewable energy sector grows. That objective was first announced a few weeks ago at the NOIA conference.