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Krog says legal aid cuts putting justice out of reach for domestic violence victims

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A weekend murder suicide in Vancouver is prompting fresh calls for the government to do more to tackle domestic violence, including setting up permanent Domestic Violence Courts.

The program has been run as a pilot project in Duncan and Nanaimo.

Justice Minister Suzanne Anton is defending the government’s record; pointing to an overall drop of 72 per cent homicides linked to partner violence between 2008 and 2013.

But Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog, the NDP Attorney General Critic, says cuts in legal aid are making it harder for victims to get justice.

The province’s Representative for Children and Youth says BC has no true Domestic Violence Court system, putting the BC behind other jurisdictions.

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