New Legislation Provides Crucial Window of Opportunity to Prevent Violence

On March 30, Sagesse’s CEO, Andrea Silverstone, was pleased to take to the stage with representatives of the Government of Alberta, the TsuuT’ina Police Service and a domestic violence survivor to discuss The Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare’s Law) Act, which will come into effect April 1, 2021. Watch a clip from Silverstone’s statement, or read her full comments below.

Good afternoon.

I would like to begin by acknowledging Clare Wood, who is the woman this law was named after in the United Kingdom, who died at the hands of her partner. Her family started this law as a result, believing that if she would have known about his abusive past, she would have made different decisions to keep herself safe.

When Sagesse first learned about Clare’s Law from our colleagues in the UK, we were eager to talk about its potential with anyone who would listen. And thanks to the collaboration of the Government of Alberta, law enforcement, and the social service sector, we’re here today to celebrate the rollout of this new legislation in our home province.

The implementation of Clare’s Law in other jurisdictions has shown the importance of including a social service response. The disclosure of an intimate partner’s criminal record, alongside the support of friends, family, and colleagues, can help a person experiencing abuse to take steps to build a safer, healthier life. When social service support is added to the mix, a positive outcome is more likely.

The Clare’s Law application process provides crucial windows of opportunity for violence prevention. The bottom line is, if you are worried enough to fill out a Clare’s Law application, you can benefit from the support of social service agencies.

Sagesse is poised to connect Clare’s Law applicants with customized support, suited to their specific location and personal experience of violence and coercive control.

We urge anyone who is feeling afraid in their relationship, or who knows someone who is, to access the supports offered through the Clare’s Law application process. We’re here to help.

Thank you.