Domestic violence: towards the implementation of the electronic bracelet in Quebec?

Quebec is taking a first step towards the implementation of the electronic bracelet to monitor violent ex-spouses by launching a feasibility study to evaluate this technology, has learned The newspaper.

Last year on this date, another marital murder rocked Quebec. Nabil Yssaad, who had signed a pledge forbidding him to approach the mother of his children, killed his ex-wife and two boys before taking their own lives.

The anti-rapprochement bracelet aimed at combating violence against women has been used in France since September. This electronic tool to keep your executioner at bay was introduced 10 years ago in Spain.

Geolocation

This device consists of a band worn on the wrist or ankle by the person with a history of domestic violence and a receiver entrusted to the victim of abuse. When the ex-husband approaches his former partner, home or workplace, law enforcement is alerted.

According to our information, Minister Geneviève Guilbault will announce on Thursday that she will study the possibility of implementing this geolocation system for violent ex-spouses here, on the occasion of the unveiling of the action plan on domestic violence piloted by her colleague. Isabelle Charest.

In France, the consent of the spouse convicted of domestic violence is necessary for the use of the electronic bracelet and allows a modification of the sentence. Those who agree to wear it can avoid pre-trial detention or obtain less severe release conditions.

On parole?

How could this technological tool be applied in Quebec? How could the anti-reconciliation bracelet be managed in a vast territory like ours and what is the cost of such a measure? Last year a report from Newspaper revealed that the costs of monitoring an anti-reconciliation bracelet range between $ 390 and $ 540 per month.

But again, could this system be used for criminals on parole as well?

We all remember the tragic death of Marylène Lévesque, 22, murdered by a recidivist murderer on parole in January 2019.

Questions that should be answered by the feasibility study, the report of which is expected in 2021.

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