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Quebec to have single, dedicated prosecutor in domestic, sexual violence cases

Last Updated May 6, 2021 at 7:47 am PDT

QUEBEC — Female victims of domestic violence in Quebec will be supported by a single, dedicated prosecutor throughout their legal proceedings.

The new policy is part of a $71-million plan announced today by Quebec’s government to improve how domestic violence victims are treated by the justice system.

Quebec’s ministers of justice and public security told reporters today that having a single prosecutor follow a case from start to end will allow prosecutors to form a bond with complainants and help them navigate the legal process.

Another $27-million over five years will be spent hiring more police officers specialized in domestic violence cases.

Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette says the province is looking at creating a court that specializes in domestic violence cases.

The money announced today is part of $223 million in new funds set aside by the provincial government to fight domestic violence. Quebec has seen at least 10 femicides since the beginning of 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021.

The Canadian Press