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BILL NO. 23

                                                  Private Member's Bill

       
                                                                         
                  3rd Session, 56th General Assembly
                              Nova Scotia
                         44 Elizabeth II, 1995

       
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                       An Act to Amend Chapter 5
                         of the Acts of 1990,
                 the Children and Family Services Act










       
                                                                         
                                                                         
                      Terence R. B. Donahoe, Q.C.
                            Halifax Citadel


       
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                       
       
                                                                         
                                Halifax
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                           Explanatory Notes








         This Bill clarifies that a child who has suffered physical or
emotional harm caused by being exposed to repeated domestic
violence by or towards a parent or guardian of the child is a child
in need of protective services where the offending parent or
guardian -- not the parent or guardian who has been subjected to
domestic violence --fails or refuses to obtain services or treatment
to remedy or alleviate the violence.



                       An Act to Amend Chapter 5
                         of the Acts of 1990,
                 the Children and Family Services Act



         Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:


         1  Clause 22(2)(i) of Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1990, the Children and Family Services
Act, is amended by striking out "child s" in the fourth line and substituting "offending".