More than $1 million will be invested by the Ontario government in 16 projects to support Violence Against Women agencies and shelters in rural, remote and Northern communities across the province through the Rural Realities Fund.
Minister of Community and Social Services Dr. Helena Jaczek was at the Leeds & Grenville Interval House women’s shelter in Brockville on Wednesday to announce that the shelter is receiving $121,000 over two years to create a mobile hub of services to support local women and their children. Ontario funds more than 2,000 shelter beds for women who experience abuse and their children. approximately 10,390 women and 7,330 children were served at VAW shelters in 2014-15.
Jaczek said: “These projects will help to ensure that women and their children experiencing violence in their homes in rural, remote and Northern communities have access to the help and support they need. I am confident that the projects we have selected will lead to innovative local solutions that address some of the unique challenges agencies face in serving women.”
Violence Against Women agencies in rural, remote and Northern communities face unique challenges in delivering services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. The Rural Realities Fund provides funds to innovative projects in these communities, such as mobile services units, coordinated approaches to providing transportation to services, and training initiatives to bring more services to the women and children.
The province will also be providing $100,000 to the Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Houses (OAITH) to deliver training to the violence against women sector across the province. The training will include online resources and modules that cover a broad range of issues, including domestic and sexual violence. This investment will assist in continuing to build expertise in the sector.
The creation of a new Rural Realities Fund was a recommendation to the province from thePremier’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women. Both of these initiatives also support the Ontario government’s goals of ending violence against women and providing better supports for survivors, and also support the government’s It’s Never Okay: Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. – CINEWS