Province announces three-year pilot program to help victims of sexual assault

The province says women and victims of sexual assault will now have access to free and independent legal advice through a three-year pilot program. 

Victims of sexual assault will now be provided with up to four hours of free legal advice through an $810,000 investment from the federal government in combination with on-the-ground support from Nova Scotia. 

The funding will also go toward the Public Prosecution Service to provide training specific to sexual violence for Crown attorneys and to create a guide on the court process for victims of sexual assault. 

Justice Minister Mark Furey says the program will provide advice to help victims make informed decisions about how they want to move forward. 

The program was announced Friday in Bridgewater.