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The Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention was appointed by the premier of Prince Edward Island in December 1995. The mandate of the committee is to:

  • coordinate the implementation of the provincial Family Violence Prevention Strategy;
  • ensure integrity of community participation is maintained;
  • ensure an evaluation component is in place;
  • develop a work plan; to promote the importance of resource allocations necessary for implementation of the strategy; and
  • communicate initiatives to ensure a high public profile for family violence prevention is maintained across the province.

PAC Annual Activity Reports


Strategies for Addressing Family Violence in Prince Edward Island

Committee Membership (2019)

Committee membership consists of community and government representatives to ensure diversity and collective responsibility. Members are appointed to serve five year terms.

Ann Sherman - Chair, Member at Large

Dr. Wendy Verhoek-Oftedahl - Resource Person

Sean Morrison - Ex-Officio

David O'Brien, Q.C. - Department of Justice and Public Safety, Crown Attorneys' Office

Marlene Thomas - Aboriginal Women's Association of PEI

Peter Holman - PEI Seniors' Secretariat

Chief Lewie Sutherland - PEI Chiefs of Police Association

S/S/M Hank Pollard - Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Danya O'Malley - PEI Family Violence Prevention Services

Dr. Rachael Crowder - PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre

Kelly Robinson - Community Legal Information Association

Michelle Pineau - Actions Femmes I.-P.-E.

Jane Ledwell - PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Andy Lou Somers - East Prince Women's Information Centre

Marguerite Atchison  - Women's Institute of PEI

Peter Mutch - Catholic Family Services Bureau

Susan Maynard - Department of Justice and Public Safety, Victim Services

Jody MacLennan - Health PEI, Community Mental Health and Addicitions

Joyce Robertson - Department of Social Development and Housing, Child Protection

Michelle Harris-Genge - Interministerial Women's Secretariat

Sterling Carruthers - Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

Ann Hayes-McKenzie - Early Childhood: Department of Education and Lifelong Learning - Healthy Child Development

Stephen Gould - Federation of PEI Municipalities

Penny Ramsay - Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning

To be Filled - PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada 

Jo-Anne Hargrove - Department of Justice and Public Safety, Turning Point

Kim Deighan - AccessAbility Supports, Department of Social Development and Housing

Michele Dorsey Q.C. - Office of Children and Youth

Kandace Hagen - PEERS Alliance

Jill Anne McDowall - Health PEI, Public Health

Patricia McPhail - Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture, Labour and Industrial Relations

Melissa Munro-Bernard - Department of Health and Wellness

Christina Phillips - Health PEI, Primary Care

To be Filled - Health PEI, Adult Protection


Our Vision Statement

A society where all individuals are safe, respected and valued; where any form of violence is unacceptable; and where children, women and men have opportunities to reach their full potential and contribute to the overall well-being of families and communities.

Family Violence Statement

Family violence affects, or will affect, all people in Prince Edward Island.  Family violence is connected to abuse of power and control, and to injustice based on sex, race, age, class, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability.  Individual history, family history, and current circumstances play a role in family violence.

Family violence is known by many names: child maltreatment, child abuse, incest, child exposure to domestic violence, intimate partner violence, spousal violence, woman abuse, domestic violence, sibling abuse, parent abuse, elder abuse, and abuse of older adults.

Family violence can affect anyone, from any demographic: cultural, national and ethnic origin, socio-economic status, education, gender, age and physical or mental ability.

Family violence can take many forms: harassment, verbal abuse, threats, financial abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, spiritual abuse, neglect, damage to property, injury to pets, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and homicide.

Family violence can happen between: current and former intimate partners (married and unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, and dating partners); a legal guardian or parent and child; blood, marriage or adoptive relatives; and a live-in caregiver and care recipient.

Family violence hurts.  It can cause physical and psychological harm.  Family violence violates the victim's rights and freedoms.  Family violence harms the healthy development of children and youth.

Family violence is a public health issue, a criminal justice issue, and a human rights issue.  To address family violence, all of us in Prince Edward Island must work together and share our resources.
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