November 2, 2015 2:44 pm
Updated: November 2, 2015 4:50 pm

Manitoba Government making changes to domestic violence and stalking act

The woman who died after an assault on October 8 tried to get protection order against the man who allegedly assaulted her.

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is pursuing changes to make it easier for victims of family violence to get help, and easier for people at risk to get a protection order.

Attorney General Gord Mackintosh and Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross made the announcement Monday.

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It comes less than a month after 20-year-old Selena Rose Keeper was killed in a violent assault on Flora Avenue near Salter. Her boyfriend, Ray William Everett is charged with second degree murder. It was later revealed Keeper was denied a protection order months earlier from her accused killer.

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“Recent events, including the tragic death of a young woman, have shown protective orders aren’t always as accessible as they should be,” said Minister Mackintosh.  “We want to hear from Manitobans who’ve had experience applying for protection orders.  With their help and through consultations with police, justice officials and community groups, we will improve the process and better protect Manitobans who are at risk of family violence.”

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The province is looking for feedback through an online questionnaire from people who have applied, or have helped someone else apply for a protection order.

Mackintosh says that information will be used to guide legislative changes to the Domestic Violence and Stalking Act, particularly related to issuing protection orders.

The details were released as the province proclaimed November as Domestic Violence Prevention month.

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