Every day, in communities across the province, Nova Scotians areworking to end family violence. Sunday, Feb. 13 to Saturday, Feb. 19 is Family ViolencePrevention Week in the province, a week dedicated to raisingawareness about preventing violence in Nova Scotia homes. “There are many agencies in Nova Scotia working together towardspreventing and ending family violence,” said David Morse,Minister of Community Services. “We hope that all homes can be asafe place. These joint efforts are vital in supporting NovaScotia families in their security and well-being.” The Department of Community Services provides close to $5 millioneach year to transition houses, men’s intervention programs andother local community organizations to provide support,assistance and education to families that have experiencedviolence. Child-welfare and child-protection services in NovaScotia also play a crucial role in protecting children fromviolence in the home. The Department of Justice and Department of Community Serviceshave worked closely on a protocol to help police and communitysupport agencies identify high-risk cases. The Department ofJustice provides funding to police agencies and to nine domesticviolence co-ordinators to help deal with domestic abuse,particularly in high-risk situations. “We have worked closely with transition houses, the police andother agencies,” said Justice Minister Michael Baker. “Victimsafety is our primary concern. We will continue to use effectivelegislation, training, research and community resources to combatdomestic violence.” Public education resources include a new domestic violenceposter; safety planning brochures and personalized safetyplanning booklets for victims of spousal or intimate partnerviolence; and a police pocket guide to be produced this summer. The Department of Justice’s Justice Learning Centre continues toprovide prevention training for justice workers and domesticviolence educators. A third round of training is due to beginthis summer. The government of Nova Scotia has also committed to theimplementation of a five-year elder abuse prevention strategy. The Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy Committee, supported by theSenior Citizens’ Secretariat, leads the implementation, whichinvolves the collaborative action of community and governmentpartners and stakeholders in the prevention of abuse againstolder adults in Nova Scotia.