Better Protections For First Nations Communities

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 16:22 PM

Victims of domestic violence living in First Nations communities will now have better legal protections.

Those living on reserve are under federal jurisdiction meaning until now protection orders couldn't be issued by a provincial court.

Paula Marshall, Executive director of the Mi'Kmaq Legal Support Network says that left many victims with no choice but to leave their home to protect themselves.

"Emergency Protection Orders will allow the judge now to come in and say 'in this First Nations community the person who's in fear for the safety of her children can have custody of the children in the family home."

Marshall says it will also give police better recourse if the perpetrator won't leave.

She says this provides more options to victims which can reduce violence in times of crisis.