NDP NEWS RELEASE - June 21, 1996

NDP NEWS RELEASE - June 21, 1996

NDP Caucus Eileen O'Connell, MLA (Halifax Fairview)

GOVERNMENT MUST PUT MONEY WHERE MOUTH IS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


     The Savage government makes a mockery of its family violence strategy 
when it leaves the future of programs like Cape Breton's Second Chance in
doubt, says NDP Community Services Critic Eileen O'Connell.

     "The Liberals announced their new Frameworkfor Action Against Family
Violence last fall, they boasted about efforts in this area in the Speech 
from the Throne, but they need to do more than talk," said O'Connell.  
     Second Chance, based in Sydney, works with men who have committed
violent acts against women. The program may be forced to shut down at the end
of June unless it gets additional funding from the provincial government.

     "Second Chance fills a vital need and is an integral part of efforts to 
deal with family violence in Cape Breton," said O'Connell. 

     "The program needs at least $20,000 more a year from the provincial
government to keep its doors open." 

     "A government which is truly committed to preventing family violence 
would re-shuffle its priorities to find money somewhere in its budget to
keep the service alive."
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