McGuinty Government Funds Community Projects To Help Victims Of Crime



    $6 Million In Support For Local Agencies Puts More Victims On The Road
    To Recovery

    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is supporting the victims
of crime and strengthening communities with a $6-million investment in 107
community agencies across Ontario, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced
today.
    "The McGuinty government is working with local communities to find new
and better approaches to providing the help victims need close to home," said
Bryant. "The projects we are supporting will help many victims of crime across
the province to rebuild their lives and get on the road to recovery."
    The McGuinty government will have spent more money on victims in four
years than the previous government did in eight years, including investing
more than $15 million in the Community Grants Program over the last three
years. Many of the funded projects developed new, innovative ways of helping
victims that offer examples and best practices to other organizations and
governments.
    Through the Community Grants Program, the McGuinty government provides
funding to community organizations to fund projects that assist victims of
hate crimes, domestic violence, and sexual assault, child/youth victims,
including victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, and other under-served
victims groups.
    Applications from community-based organizations were reviewed and
evaluated by seven review committees. The committees comprise community
members, staff from the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat and
representatives from the Office for Victims of Crime, an agency that advises
the Attorney General on ways to ensure that the principles set out in the
Victims' Bill of Rights are followed.
    "I am proud of our participation in recommending the worthwhile community
agencies that receive funding through the Community Grants Program," said Ruth
Campbell, Chair of the Office for Victims of Crime. "The development and
delivery of these innovative services provide help and support for thousands
of victims of crime."
    "This funding is unprecedented in the history of women's services," said
Joanne Green, executive director, Opportunity for Advancement. "It funds a
bold new way of helping women recover from violence that clearly provides
leadership in future program direction and will serve as a model for other
communities."
    Opportunity for Advancement will receive $75,000 to develop a physical
activity program in collaboration with a female boxing club. It will also
track, document and evaluate the role that physical activity plays in
increasing health and well-being for women who are victims of violence.
    "This funding enables agencies across the province to deliver localized
and innovative services to improve victims' lives and make our communities
stronger," said Bryant. "Over the past three years these important investments
have improved the ability of hundreds of communities across the province to
deliver effective services for victims."
    
    This funding is just the latest example of how, working together,
Ontarians are achieving results for the victims of crime. Other initiatives
include:

    -  Establishing four additional Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral
       Services, to provide immediate on-site assistance to more victims of
       crime. The government is increasing the program's annual budget to
       $9.5 million - a boost of more than 20 per cent. The 2007/2008 funding
       will begin July 1, 2007 on a prorated basis to help the program keep
       pace with immediate service demands.
    -  Expanding the Victim/Witness Assistance Program to all 54 Ontario
       court districts. This program, which is celebrating its 20th
       anniversary, provides support and information throughout the court
       process to the most vulnerable victims of violent crime.
    -  Implementing a five-part, $5-million provincewide strategy to combat
       Internet child pornography and luring and prevent re-victimization.
    -  Investing $22 million per year in domestic violence courts to provide
       victims of domestic violence provincewide with support from specially
       trained victim services staff, Crown attorneys, police, language
       interpreters and other service providers.

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                       2007-08 COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM
    

    The McGuinty government is investing $6 million in 107 community-based
agencies across Ontario this year, through the Community Grants Program. These
grants will allow organizations to develop and enhance services and resources
to help victims of crime.
    The grants are part of a more than $15 million three-year program. In
2005-06, $3.1 million was allocated, in 2006-07, $6 million was allocated and
in 2007-08, $6 million was allocated. The grants are provided through the
Victims' Justice Fund. This fund is dedicated to providing services for
victims of crime.
    Applications from community-based organizations were reviewed and
evaluated by seven review committees. The committees are comprised of
community members, staff from the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat and
representatives from the Office for Victims of Crime, an agency that advises
the Attorney General on ways to ensure that the principles set out in the
Victims' Bill of Rights are followed.

    2007-08 Grant Recipients

    West Region

    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to receive $51,576
    Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women to
    receive $60,896
    Chatham-Kent Women's Centre Inc. to receive $48,400
    Children's Aid Society of London & Middlesex to receive $30,500
    Children's Aid Society of Owen Sound to receive $37,620
    Citizen Advocacy Windsor-Essex to receive $74,610
    Community Living London to receive $70,522
    Community Living Wallaceburg to receive $61,127
    Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society to receive $44,800
    Ingamo Family Homes Woodstock Inc. to receive $50,000
    Nokee Kwe Occupational Skill Development Inc. to receive $75,000
    Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia-Lambton to receive $75,000
    The Social Service Bureau of Sarnia Lambton Inc. to receive $34,374
    Sheatre to receive $16,100
    Women Today of Huron to receive $39,600
    Youth & Family Resource Network of Essex County to receive $71,474

    Central West Region

    Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre to receive $75,000
    Brantford and District Supervised Access Centre to receive $35,363
    Brantford Police Services to receive $10,000
    Caledon/Dufferin Victim Services to receive $75,000
    Catholic Family Counselling Centre (Waterloo) to receive $75,000
    Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin to receive $59,396
    De dwa de dehs nye Aboriginal Health Centre to receive $75,000
    Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries to
    receive $17,135
    Family Counselling Centre Niagara to receive $32,500
    Family Transition Place to receive $47,000
    Haldimand-Norfolk Resource, Education And Counselling Help (R.E.A.C.H.)
    to receive $56,507
    Living Rock Ministries to receive $55,060
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada to receive $66,500
    Mennonite Central Committee Ontario to receive $20,130
    Peel Children's Centre to receive $75,000
    Reaching Our Outdoor Friends (ROOF) to receive $74,812
    Settlement and Integration Services Organization to receive $75,000
    Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton to
    receive $46,834
    Victim Services of Peel to receive $74,538.

    Central Region

    Bethesda House to receive $75,000
    The Catholic Family Life Centre - Simcoe South to receive $18,745
    Community Counselling and Resource Centre to receive $38,140
    The Denise House/Sedna Women's Shelter to receive $67,450
    The Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County to receive $61,950
    Family Services York Region to receive $75,000
    John Howard Society of Peterborough to receive $75,000
    Mnjikaning First Nation to receive $39,270
    People in Transition (Alliston) "My Sister's Place" to receive $20,000
    Social Services Network for the York Region to receive $75,000
    Women's Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre of Durham to
    receive $74,500
    Yellow Brick House to receive $41,737
    YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria, and Haliburton to receive $56,000

    Toronto Region

    Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre to receive $34,613
    Bereaved Families of Ontario to receive $73,425
    Canadian Arab Federation to receive $75,000
    Canadian Safe School Network to receive $74,200
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to receive $75,000
    A Commitment to Training and Employment for Women to receive $74,481
    Council of Agencies Serving South Asians to receive $75,000
    Eritrean Canadian Community Centre to receive $75,000
    FCJ Refugee House to receive $35,108
    Gatehouse to receive $55,000
    Governing Council of the University of Toronto to receive $75,000
    JD Griffin Adolescent Centre to receive $74,975
    Jean Tweed Centre to receive $75,000
    Mujer, A Latin American Women's Organization to receive $39,230
    Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) to
    receive $75,000
    Opportunity for Advancement to receive $75,000
    San Romanoway Revitalization Association to receive $75,000
    Scarborough Women's Centre to receive $75,000
    Schizophrenia Society of Ontario to receive $74,703
    Senior Adult Services in the Annex to receive $7,100
    Somali Canadian Association of Etobicoke to receive $75,000
    Springtide Resources to receive $71,230
    The Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Program to receive $57,600
    Toronto Child Abuse Centre to receive $73,879
    Woman Abuse Council of Toronto to receive $71,709
    Women's Habitat of Etobicoke to receive $46,500

    North Region

    Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing to receive $9,850
    Anishinabek Police Services-Garden River to receive $37,536
    Big Sisters Association of North Bay to receive $25,000
    The Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin to
    receive $11,624
    Conseil scolaire du district du Grand Nord de l'Ontario to
    receive $75,000
    Elliot Lake Women's Group Inc. to receive $48,046
    Fort Severn First Nation to receive $70,380
    Greater Sudbury Police Service to receive $75,000
    Ininew Friendship Centre to receive $64,111
    Keewaytinnook Okimakanak to receive $50,000
    Marjorie House to receive $63,308
    Muskoka/Parry Sound Coordinated Sexual Assault Service to receive $75,000
    Northwestern Health to receive $75,000
    Sault Ste. Marie Police Service to receive $4,900
    Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services to receive $75,000
    Timmins and Area Women in Crisis to receive $7,950
    Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services (VCARS) Near North to
    receive $31,070
    Women In Crisis Algoma to receive $44,390.

    East Region

    Canadian Mental Health Association-Ottawa to receive $74,216
    Country Roads Community Health Centre to receive $29,500
    Family Counselling Centre of Cornwall to receive $75,000
    Immigrant Women Services Ottawa to receive $52,250
    Lennox and Addington Interval House to receive $59,500
    The Men's Project to receive $64,292
    Nepean Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre to receive $74,832
    Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth to receive $72,592
    Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre to receive $28,000
    The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families to receive $75,000
    Les Services aux enfants et adultes de Prescott-Russell to
    receive $74,250
    Sexual Assault Centre Kingston Inc. to receive $64,100
    Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District to receive $59,000
    Youth Employment & Assistance Headquarters Inc. to receive $75,000
    Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa to receive $75,000

    
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For further information: Greg Crone, Ministry of the Attorney General,
Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney
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