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Family Abuse Intervention Act (FAIA)

Family Abuse Intervention Act (FAIA)

In November 2006, after extensive consultations with Nunavut communities, the Legislative Assembly unanimously passed the Family Abuse Intervention Act (FAIA). FAIA came into Force on March 1, 2008. The intent of the legislation is to provide Nunavummiut with the tools to intervene and prevent abuse by focusing on the immediate need for safety, with simple and efficient processes that are consistent with Inuit values. FAIA promotes community ownership of problems, and it empowers the community to confidently work with local resources to address social problems at their root. The spirit and intent of FAIA is to prevent abuse and decrease the escalation of abuse.

Under FAIA there are 4 remedies available:

Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs);
Community Intervention Order (CIOs);
Assistance Orders; and
Compensation Orders.

The Community Justice Division is responsible for ensuring that Nunavummiut are able to access two FAIA remedies; Emergency Protection Orders) and Community Intervention Orders in each community across Nunavut. Community Justice Outreach Workers (CJOWs) and the Community Justice Specialists are the personnel responsible for assisting and supporting Nunavummiut with accessing these remedies. Justices of the Peace (JPs), specifically designated as FAIA JPs, hold the initial hearings and applications to vary the provisions. Appeals of the JPs’ decisions may be heard by a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.