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B.C. eyes transportation, housing solutions to fight domestic violence

The B.C. government is aiming to develop a domestic violence program that would include specific approaches to help aboriginal, immigrant, refugee and disabled women.

Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux says various groups were consulted as part of a three-year plan to provide new and enhanced services for vulnerable women and kids.

The B.C. government promised to launch a domestic violence program after the 2008 murders of three children in Merritt by their mentally ill father.

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Cadieux says the plan will consider ways to provide social housing and transportation for women and children in rural and remote communities.

She says community groups will provide input into intervention programs for perpetrators to hold them accountable for their behaviour as the number of domestic violence units is increased.

The first year of the plan will involve development of more prevention programs while existing public awareness campaigns are enhanced and the Justice Ministry continues to explore the possibility of domestic violence courts.

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