Changes coming to the domestic violence law will impact Fort Saskatchewan.
 
The Fort’s victim services unit program manager, Lauren Reid has read through the roughly 300 page document on the new federal legislation, Bill C-75, which was passed last week in Parliament.
 
When asked to sum up how she felt about this new legislation Reid used the word; lofty.
 
“I would say that some of the positive points from a victim service perspective about this bill, would be the broader perimeters around domestic abuse definitions, the potential for higher bails for offenders of domestic violence, increase sentences for repeat offenders and making strangulation an elevated assault,” said Reid.
 
There will also be changes to what could constitute a bail and what those conditions are. Reid expressed there is a huge problem right now with breaching conditions.
 
“It’s constant, especially in the domestic abuse charges,” she added.
 
As a victim services advocate, she liked the increased sentences for repeat offenders, but questioned whether or not this method would show results.
 
The bill overrides a lot of other things including jury selection and also how trials are going to go forward.
 
Reid is hoping this will increase the public’s trust in the criminal justice system and speed things up so local victims can get through faster and more efficiently.

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