Domestic Violence Court Program opens in Halifax

The province's second Domestic Violence Court Program officially opened Wednesday at Halifax Provincial Court and the first cases will be heard next week.

The Justice Department says Judge Amy Sakalauskas of the provincial court will preside over the court which will sit one day a week.

The first Domestic Violence Court Program opened in Sydney in 2012, handling around 300 cases per year.

The province says both courts offer earlier intervention through programs for individuals who commit abuse, to help them change their behaviour and prevent future violence.

In order to take part, the accused person must accept responsibility for their actions and commit to participate.

The province says more than 50 representatives from 25 local community organizations and various government departments helped with the planning and development of programs and supports for families who will use the court.