Indigenous social work students call for women’s shelters on reserves

Indigenous women in the Maritimes and Quebec need shelters on reserves to keep them safe from domestic violence, including murder, say Indigenous social work students at St. Thomas University.

Twenty-four per cent of Indigenous women become victims of domestic violence, compared with seven per cent of non-Indigenous women, said Jan Marshall, one of three students who made a presentation on the issue at the university’s social action fair Tuesday in Fredericton.

Women threatened by violence need a place to turn, she said, yet few reserves in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec have shelters and women often must travel far to find a safe haven. Full story here.

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