Minister Leitch announces project in York and Durham regions to support women experiencing family violence
TORONTO, July 31, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced a new project to support women in York and Durham regions who are experiencing family violence.
Social Services Network of York Region is receiving $233,974 for a 36-month project to improve access to services for young South Asian immigrant women experiencing family violence in the York and Durham regions of Ontario. Through collaboration among young women, local stakeholders such as community-based organizations, the York Regional School Board, and local government service providers, an assessment will be made of the current response system for women who are victims of violence using a culture and gender lens. Recommendations will then be implemented to improve inter-agency referral protocols, and the procedures that are followed when women experience family violence.
This project is being funded under the Call for Proposals entitled Working in Partnership to End Violence against Women and Girls
- Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested over $162 million through Status of Women Canada in support of more than 780 community-based projects across Canada. This includes over $71 million for projects to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
"Our Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms. That's why we continue funding projects like this one in the regions of York and Durham, and across the country, which create community solutions to prevent violence, and improve services for victims."
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"This is an important project to improve access to support services for young South Asian immigrant women experiencing family violence in our communities. We are pleased to collaborate with the Government of Canada, local partners, and women in our community on this project because it will make such a difference in so many lives."
Dr. Naila Butt
Social Services Network of York Region
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For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, Acting Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Tel: 819-953-5646; For all other inquiries: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810