10/30/2012 04:24 EDT | Updated 12/30/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia unveils public education program on domestic violence

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has launched a new public education program to help people spot signs of domestic violence.

The Neighbours, Friends and Families program also teaches people how to approach possible victims without making the situation worse.

Justice Minister Ross Landry says domestic violence is not a private issue — it's a community issue.

The program will be offered to the public through law enforcement agencies, transition houses, intervention programs and government staff.

Those affected by domestic violence can also call the province's first domestic violence toll-free line at 1-855-225-0220.