10/26/2015 03:10 EDT | Updated 10/26/2015 03:59 EDT

Saskatchewan Domestic Violence Is A Significant Problem Says Justice Minister


REGINA — Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gord Wyant says domestic violence deaths are a significant problem in Saskatchewan that must be addressed.

Wyant made the remarks while announcing that the province will develop a process to review domestic violence deaths.

He says part of that is understanding why they happen, as well as creating a review process that will protect families from these tragic and largely preventable deaths.

The Ministry of Justice has looked at the review processes in other provinces.

The structure and scope of the Saskatchewan review will be decided after talks with the chief coroner's office, community-based organizations, police, other government ministries and First Nations groups.

Opposition NDP Leader Cam Broten called for a review last week, saying that Saskatchewan has the one of the highest rates of homicides by intimate partners among Canadian provinces.

Broten said there were 58 intimate partner homicides in Saskatchewan between 2000 and 2010 and three murder-suicides among intimate partners this year.

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