The Opposition Wildrose is tempering its praise for the new Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence amendment which went into effect this week.
All parties in the Alberta Legislation voted in favour of NDP MLA Deborah Drever’s private members bill. The amendment allows people at risk from domestic violence to break rental leases once a protection order, peace bond or statement from a certified professional has been issued.
Wildrose Human Services critic Angela Pitt hopes the change will begin to help women suffering from domestic abuse to find safe shelter. But she says there are still roadblocks that need to be cleared. “Far too many women in Alberta are victims of domestic violence. Our justice system is still clogged with delays, while women too often do not know where to turn for resources and support.”
Pitt says she is always optimistic about any program which aims to remove victims from violent situations. She says the Wildrose hopes the program is strictly monitored and measured to ensure victims are afforded the adequate safeguards this law aims to provide.