Ontario Expands Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Brampton West
Province Increases Annual Funding for Sexual Assault Centres by $1.75 Million
Brampton – September 18, 2015 Starting this year, Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel in Brampton West is receiving $31,149.27 in new funding to enhance the services they offer to survivors of sexual violence.
Ontario is increasing the base funding for all 42 sexual assault centres across Ontario by $1.75 million per year as part of the province’s ground-breaking action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment, It’s Never Okay.
Community-based sexual assault centres will use the expanded funding — which will now total $14.8 million per year — to improve the free and confidential services they provide to survivors of sexual violence. These services include:
§ Crisis helplines
§ Peer support
§ Individual and group counselling services
§ Referrals to other community services
§ Accompaniment to a court, hospital or police station
§ Sexual violence education and training for professionals and members of the public.
It’s Never Okay outlines concrete steps to help change attitudes, provide more supports for survivors, and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. The government is investing $41 million over three years to help implement the plan.
Supporting survivors of sexual violence and creating a safer, more inclusive and more equitable province is part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Sexual assault centres are a lifeline for those who have experienced the trauma of sexual violence or harassment. Our government is increasing its support for these centres so they can enhance the critical help they provide to survivors.”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel does amazing work in our community. This increase in funding will help strengthen their capacity to provide much needed support to survivors of sexual violence”.
– [MPP Vic Dhillon, Brampton West]
§ One in three women in Canada will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime.
§ Ontario is increasing its ongoing support for sexual assault centres by $1 million per year as part of the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan. And it has converted a previous funding increase of $750,000 per year under the 2011 Sexual Violence Action Plan, which was slated to end in 2017, into ongoing annual support.
§ Ontario has also increased funding for sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centres. It will provide more than $1.1 million more per year for the next three years so these hospital-based centres can enhance their specialized counselling services and community outreach support for survivors of sexual violence.