Spousal Abuse Counseling Program
The first of its kind in Nunavut and in operation since 2002, this innovative program is showing excellent results. Designed for Rankin Inlet by community members, counselling programs for abusers and victims of abuse are changing the lives of people affected by family violence. See article in Nunatsiaq News: www.nunatsiaq.com/archives/501 14/news/nunavut/50114_04.html
A Letter to the Editor of Nunatsiaq News shows how some people regard this program:
March 4, 2005
Rankin spousal abuse program should be used everywhere
Hi, I am writing this as a recent client of the spousal abuse program here in Rankin Inlet.
I believe that this program is needed by every community in Nunavut. The program taught me a lot about who I am and where I came from, and more importantly, it ended the cycle of violence in my family tree.
I grew up an angry person, even when I seemed fine on the outside, I was angry about something inside. It feels good to be able to teach my children that violence solves nothing. It only makes things worse. It was hard to talk about my problems at first, but later on I found that this was a step in the right direction to stopping violence.
If you are an abuser, seek help! There is help available out there. There is no shame in accepting that you are abusive and want to stop. I find that it is worse to be an abuser.
Think about it this way, how would you feel if someone were abusing your son or daughter? Now look at your partner, I'm pretty sure their parents don't want their child to go through that too. If you love your partner, show it with care, kindness and affection, not with your fist. Love is not meant to hurt you.
The government should try hard to get funding for a program like this one, it would help a lot of families live a healthier and more happy life. Stop the cycle! End the violence!!
(Name withheld by request)
Funding: Justice Canada, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, and Nunavut Justice.