In the spring of 2019, the Law Society of Nunavut and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada (Pauktuutit) joined forces to undertake a project that would break the silence on family violence in Nunavut.
Funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Department of Justice Canada, this project involves a research study and an awareness campaign on the Family Abuse Intervention Act (FAIA). FAIA was created in Nunavut, based on Inuit principles and values, to prevent family abuse by providing Nunavummiut with the opportunity to get different types of orders to deal with family abuse, including Emergency Protection Orders against the abuser, and Community Intervention Orders.
The goal of this project is to understand the legal barriers and needs of Inuit women dealing with family violence in Nunavut.
The objectives of the project are:
- To support Nunavummiut in recognizing family violence;
- To provide Nunavummiut with a better understanding of what they can do to deal with family violence, including gaining a better understanding of available options;
- To understand how the Family Abuse Intervention Action is, or is not, meeting the needs of Inuit women deal with domestic abuse; and
- To open dialogue among Nunavummiut about what constitutes family violence, how to recognize family violence and what can be done to address family violence.
- The project consists of research study that will inform a follow up awareness campaign.
The research study component of this project will build more evidence on what is known on how the implementation of the Family Abuse Intervention Act is, or is not, meeting the needs of Inuit women experiencing intimate partner violence.