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Province launches domestic violence consultations

One of a series of public consultations on domestic violence will be held at the Boundary Trails Health Centre.

The 10 public consultations began last week and will gather information on how to improve prevention efforts and services for those affected by domestic violence, said Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard.

The public consultation in the Winkler/Morden area is set Monday, April 16 in the multi-purpose room at BTHC and will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

"The information gathered through these 10 consultations will be used to inform a new, comprehensive domestic-violence strategy for Manitoba called Safer Today, Stronger Tomorrow," said Howard. "I encourage all Manitobans to participate. By continuing to work together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence."

The Safer Today, Stronger Tomorrow public consultation paper is available online at: www.gov.mb.ca/msw/pdf_files/2012-02moving_on.pdf.

The consultations will run throughout March and April and will focus on five themes:

* services and support for victims of domestic violence and their families,

* interventions for abusers,

* increased co-ordination of services and support,

* awareness and prevention, and

* training for service providers.

To register for a public consultation, call Manitoba Status of Women at 204-945-6281 or 18002630234 (toll-free).

Manitobans can also share their views by completing an online survey at http://app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/immigration-surveys/dvpc/ or by writing to Manitoba Status of Women at 401 - 409 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8.