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GN to look into possible Clare’s Law bill: justice minister – Nunatsiaq News

Nov 2, 2023

Potential legislation would help address intimate partner violence

Nunavut’s Department of Justice has begun work that could lead to a bill modelled on Clare’s Law, Justice Minister David Akeeagok said Wednesday.

“We dedicated resources and will be doing in-depth analysis on whether legislation will be needed for this territory,” Akeeagok said during question period in the legislative assembly.

Clare’s Law — also known as an interpersonal violence disclosure protocol — would allow police to disclose to someone if their partner has a history of abusive or harmful behaviour. It is meant to prevent domestic violence.

Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak Lightstone said he began asking the Government of Nunavut about introducing Clare’s Law more than three years ago. He noted the City of Iqaluit passed a motion in May that called on the GN to implement one.

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