Send a Letter and Support Bill 604 – An Act to Provide Support for Victims of Domestic Violence
Saskatchewan has the highest rates of domestic violence by intimate partners amongst all Canadian provinces, and victims of domestic violence are often forced to leave their homes quickly to escape dangerous situations. Furthermore, financial stability and a supportive work environment are vital for a victim of domestic violence. Legislation that supports victims escaping circumstances of domestic violence have already been enacted in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.
If passed, Bill 604 will allow victims of domestic violence to take paid and unpaid leave from work. Such leave can be taken to seek medical attention for the victim or their child, to obtain services from a victim services organization, to obtain counselling, to relocate, and to seek legal or law enforcement assistance. The bill requires accommodation by employers to protect workers if an employer becomes aware, or ought reasonably to be aware, that domestic violence that would likely expose a worker to physical injury may occur in a workplace. Bill 604 also allows the termination of tenancy – breaking leases – for victims of domestic violence that believe their safety, or the safety of their child, is at risk.
Act to Provide Support for Victims of Domestic Violence
I was extremely happy to see Bill 604 ‘Act to Provide Support for Victims of Domestic Violence’ was introduced on April 13, 2017. I don’t need to tell you how very important this will be to help victims of Domestic Violence.
We know in Saskatchewan, there are more reported cases of intimate partner violence than in any other province. This Bill will go a long way to help support these victims, who we know are mostly women. There are countless other reasons why this is so vitally important.
I urge you to support and pass Bill 604. This Bill will show that Saskatchewan is taking action to address a very serious issue in our province, action that is desperately needed and long overdue.