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Dignitaries, special guests and NEVR members gathered at KPU

Surrey on Wednesday as the province unveiled its domestic violence plan



Surrey: The B.C. government unveiled its Provincial Domestic Violence Plan Wednesday at a Network to End Violence in Relationships (NEVR) conference held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, released the government’s three-year, $5.5-million plan to make B.C. safer for victims of domestic violence; a strategy distilled from extensive consultations with anti-violence and community groups.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts also spoke at the conference, along with representatives from the Delta Police Department, Ending Violence Association of BC, KPU and NEVR. The event at the university’s Surrey campus aimed to open a province-wide dialogue about ending domestic violence.

“A key focus of NEVR is to foster collaboration to resolve the issues courts are faced with when dealing with violence in relationships. That focus was achieved this week as our conference participants worked together to identify the fundamental issues courts should be addressing when it comes to domestic violence, and the goals they should be striving toward,” says Dr. Balbir Gurm, KPU nursing instructor and facilitator of NEVR.

The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) works toward reducing and eliminating violence in relationships in Surrey, North Delta and White Rock through coordinated service delivery, collaboration and resource-sharing among service providers, community leaders, educators and government bodies.