Domestic Violence Court Program Expands to Halifax

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgA new specialty court program in Halifax will support healthier relationships and help protect survivors of domestic violence and their families from future abuse. The province’s second domestic violence court program officially opened today, Feb. 28, at the Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road. Judge Amy Sakalauskas of the provincial court will preside over the court which will sit one day a week. The first cases will be heard next week. Nova Scotia’s first Domestic Violence Court Program opened in Sydney in 2012. It handles about 300 cases per year. Both courts offer earlier intervention through programs for individuals who commit abuse, to help them change their behaviour and prevent future violence. “Domestic violence has touched far too many lives and we know that women and their children are the primary victims,” said Kelly Regan, minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, on behalf of Justice Minister Mark Furey. “”The court program will focus on supporting survivors right away. “”Building on what we learned from the program in Sydney, and expanding it to Halifax Regional Municipality, will help us intervene earlier, making our communities safer.” These programs represent a different way to address intimate partner violence. Unlike a traditional court, which is adversarial, the Domestic Violence Court Program is more therapeutic, using a co-ordinated community response that quickly connects family members to services and supports where they live. The accused person must also accept responsibility for their actions and commit to participate. “A significant part of this program involves monitoring the progress of offenders and supporting that person, as well as the victim and their loved ones, throughout recovery,” said Chief Judge of the provincial and family courts, Pamela Williams. “We rely on organizations working in the community for that ongoing support, which is why it was so important to have those groups at the table when we developed the program. This is truly a collaborative and more holistic approach to dealing with family violence.” More than 50 representatives from 25 local community organizations and various government departments helped the Department of Justice with the planning and development of programs and supports for families who will use the court. “We are very excited to see Nova Scotia’s domestic violence court become a reality in the Halifax area.” said Heather Byrne, executive director of Alice Housing. “We look forward to seeing how this court program will help Alice Housing clients and others who have experienced domestic violence stay safe and enable their voices to be heard.” “This new court is an excellent example of community, government and the judiciary working together to make meaningful change,” said Wendy Keen, executive director of New Start Counselling. “This has truly been a very honest and open engagement that is focused on creating a respectful, just and caring response to people affected by domestic violence.” For more information on the court, visit http://www.courts.ns.ca/Provincial_Court/NSPC_domestic_violence_court.htmlast_img read more

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BBC is so divorced from rural life it thinks The Archers is

By on September 25, 2019

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chris Packham stars on Springwatch alongside Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela StrachanCredit:Jo Charlesworth He also questioned the BBC’s decision not to uphold a complaint about Chris Packham. The presenter was criticised after he called those involved in hunting and shooting “the nasty brigade” and said charities including the RSPB and Wildlife Trust were not speaking out against issues such as fox hunting.Mr Packham’s comments, which were published in his monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine last year, prompted outrage with some claiming he breached impartiality rules and others saying he should be sacked.The BBC Trust’s standards committee launched an investigation but did not uphold the complaints and said no action was required. In its report, it said this was partly because Mr Packham was a freelancer, not a BBC employee, and was not “associated with news or public policy-related output”. An organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is realIan Coghill The BBC has previously been hit by claims its news coverage fails to reflect the wide range of interests outside the country’s cities and towns. An independent review commissioned by the BBC Trust in 2014 found there was a deficit in UK-wide coverage of rural issues in England, but said on the whole there is a broad and comprehensive range of voices. One popular programme focusing on rural life and environmental issues is Countryfile, which boasts a peak audience of 9.4 million viewers. A BBC spokesman said: “Across television, radio and online we cover a wide range of rural issues from many different perspectives in depth and impartially.”We are delighted so many listeners enjoy The Archers and are sure people appreciate it is a drama rather than a documentary.”center_img Chris Packham stars on Springwatch alongside Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela Strachan The BBC is “institutionally biased against the countryside” and is so out of touch “it thinks the Archers is real”, according to the head of a game conservation charity.Ian Coghill, the chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), alleged the corporation is “as far away from the real countryside as it can get”. He criticised the BBC for regarding programmes about wildlife as nothing to do with policy or current affairs and said those who love country sports, such as shooting and fishing, are getting “increasingly disenchanted” with being treated as a “whipping boy” by some elements of the corporation.  In a blog for the GWCT website, published last month, Mr Coghill criticised the decision and claimed the BBC is “seen by many as institutionally biased against the countryside”.“[It treats] it as one would expect from an organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is real, probably because it is made in Birmingham, which from a London perspective is practically a village,” he wrote.Regarding Mr Packham’s “gratuitously abusive” comments about “perfectly decent country people”, he said many people had “missed the point” as the issue “is, and always was, the BBC”.He called out the corporation for dealing with Mr Packham as a freelance presenter, meaning he does not have to uphold the same impartiality guidelines despite allegedly providing his services to the BBC for 119 days last year.And he claimed the “real scandal” was the fact programmes the presenter is involved in – including Springwatch and its sister programmes Autumnwatch and Winterwatch – are not regarded as news or public-policy related. “The BBC Trust is to be thanked for making it clear where it and the BBC stand,” he wrote. “It turns out to be where we always thought but until now were never really able to confirm: as far away from the real countryside as they can get.”last_img read more

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