Saskatchewan has the highest rate of police-reported family violence in the country, among all of the provinces.
We had 480 per 100 thousand population in 2014. The nearest province to us in numbers was Manitoba at 374. Statistics Canada says a third of Canadians, 15 and older, experienced some form of maltreatment during childhood. That includes physical and/or sexual abuse. Aboriginal people are more likely to report childhood maltreatment. Over 40 per cent of aboriginal people were the victims of abuse as compared with 29 per cent for non-Aboriginal people. Overall, childhood physical or sexual abuse was more common among males, at 32 per cent, than females, at 27 per cent. Women were three times more likely than men to report childhood sexual abuse.
Saskatchewan's opposition NDP says it is committed to working with the SaskParty to find an effective solution for everyone in the province who faces some sort of violence or abuse in their everyday lives.
MLA Nicole Sarauer pointed out that our province's neighbours on both sides have implemented legislation that can provide relief to victims. Alberta has Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence Act that allows a victim to break a lease in order to escape a dangerous living situation. In Manitoba, the employment standsards code was amended to allow sick leave for victims of domestic violence. Sarauer says the NDP will continue to push for similar changes in Saskatchewan.
The SaskParty has commited to reviewing domestic violence deaths. Those recommendations will be released this fall.