Government of Canada More Than Doubles Support to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
“With this investment, we have more than doubled federal funding for services to support survivors and their families. This funding envelope was developed in partnership with leaders from the women’s sector, whose advice continues to inform Canada’s first strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence. Leaders asked for more dollars over a longer period of time to meet the ever growing demand for their services, a simplified application process, and resources to help provide supports for the most underserved and marginalized survivors of gender-based violence. Our government listened. Gender-based violence must not be tolerated, and we will continue to work with survivors, community partners, the private sector and other orders of government to end GBV in all of its forms.”
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women
“We welcome investments from Status of Women Canada in projects that will enable community leaders to develop new supports for survivors of gender-based violence. We are co-investing in one of the projects, and will work with Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian organizations to help address this complex issue in these communities. By standing and working together, we will be able to provide better support for victims, and help prevent and reduce the impact of this violence.”
The Honourable Kelly Regan
Minister Responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women
In June 2017, Status of Women Canada announced the first ever federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
To date, the Government of Canada has invested over $200 million, which works across government to prevent gender-based violence, support survivors and their families, and create more responsive legal and justice systems.
The Promising practices to support survivors and their families call for concepts is the largest amount of funding ever announced for programming to specifically support diverse groups of gender-based violence survivors and their families.
This announcement is being made during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Between November 25 and December 10 Canadians are invited to join the conversation. Use the hashtag #MYActionsMatter on social media and visit Status of Women Canada’s website to take the pledge.
Gender-based violence can have lifelong impacts on an individual’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, the effects can be serious and costly. Annually, the economic impact of intimate partner violence and sexual assault is estimated to be over $12 billion.
- Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association
- Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
- Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women
- Gender-Based Violence Program
- It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence
- 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
Office of the Minister of Status of Women
Status of Women Canada
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