Province expands support for sexual assault survivors

The provincial government says eleven more lawyers are being added to a federal-provincial pilot project to provide free, independent legal advice for sexual assault survivors.

Six of the new lawyers are from Halifax area, with two from Sydney and one each from Truro, Port Hawkesbury, and Chester.

The province says the expanded coverage also includes enhanced diversity, with lawyers from the Cantonese, LGBTQI+, Indigenous, and African Nova Scotian communities. 

This brings the total number of lawyers providing advice in the program to nineteen.

Since launching last November, government says 71 individuals have signed up to access the free legal advice of up to four hours.

211 Nova Scotia provides intake, information, and administration of the certificates for the program and helps clients access these legal services.