NDP motion wants Family Violence Intervention Court reconsidered
NDP Justice critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says discontinuing the valuable work of the Family Violence Intervention Court was a bad decision, made hastily in a kneejerk reaction to budget demands.
Tomorrow she is giving the government the opportunity to reconsider that error.
Rogers has prepared a private member’s motion calling on government to consider reinstating the Family Violence Intervention Court. The motion will be debated in the House of Assembly tomorrow.
“When the Department of Justice closed down the Family Violence Intervention Court, public reaction was immediate, it was strong, and it was heart-felt,” Rogers said today.
“Everyone involved in the struggle against domestic violence recognized the extraordinary work this innovative court was doing. When the rug was pulled out so abruptly, people were appalled.”
Rogers says the FVIC, which accounted for 0.2 per cent of the Justice budget, was effective, reducing the recidivism rate to 10 per cent from the usual 40.
“Police, prosecutors, defense lawyers, victims, offenders, community agencies – everyone could see the good work that was being done by the comprehensive approach of the Family Violence Intervention Court,” said Rogers.
“The justice department reversed some of the hasty budget cuts it made, and I believe it should reverse this one as well.”