The Government of Canada joins partners in support of Domestic Violence Centre



    EDMONTON, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Women in Edmonton will now have access
to a wide range of on-site and community-based family violence support
services that will help them to build a brighter future, thanks to an
investment from the Government of Canada.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister
of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, today announced federal
support for the Edmonton Domestic Violence Centre Initiative, a collaborative
initiative with Catholic Social Services, the Edmonton Police Services and the
six other partners comprising the Edmonton Domestic Violence Centre Board.
    "In every way, this initiative fulfills the goals of the Women's
Partnership Fund - to build partnerships to address the economic and social
situation of women, and their participation in democratic life," said Minister
Verner. "This project will touch the lives of women who are often
marginalized, and provide them with real opportunities and positive,
life-changing results."
    Funding in the amount of $1.1 million over three years from the
Government of Canada and $6.6 million from other funders will enable the
Edmonton Domestic Violence Centre Board to carry out its innovative service
delivery pilot project to support those affected by family violence. The
Centre is expected to assist 3,000 Aboriginal and immigrant girls and women
annually. Approximately one third of these individuals will be in high-risk
situations destined for the courts.
    "Our government is pleased to support projects like the Edmonton Domestic
Violence Centre Initiative, which will meet a critical need for culturally
sensitive services to Aboriginal and immigrant victims of family violence,"
said Minister Ambrose. "Violence against girls and women is all the more
devastating when its victims are isolated and do not have access to the
services they need to stop the violence and to heal from the abuse."
    "This project is the first of its kind in Canada and is a critical step
forward for social service providers in Alberta. We welcome the federal
government's partnership in this exciting, breakthrough endeavour," said
Maureen Collins of the John Howard Society, speaking on behalf of the Edmonton
Domestic Violence Centre Board.
    "We believe the Centre will meet the needs of marginalized girls and
women as never before. It will also provide us with new insights into our
responsibilities, both as service providers and as members of the wider
community," said Mike Boyd, Chief of Edmonton Police Services.
    The other six partners in this endeavour are the City of Edmonton
Community Services, the YWCA of Edmonton, Aboriginal Consulting Services of
Alberta, the Government of Alberta Children's Services, the Edmonton John
Howard Society and the RCMP.
    "The Centre will make a real difference in the lives of some of
Edmonton's most deserving but difficult to serve citizens. We are delighted to
have the federal government's partnership in this promising new project, which
we have all worked so hard to bring to fruition," said His Worship Stephen
Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton.
    This is the second project approved under the Women's Partnership Fund of
the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. The Partnership Fund supports
collaborative projects with eligible non-governmental organizations in
partnership with public institutions and other levels of government.
    All eight partners were represented on a 24-member steering committee
formed in late 2004 to lead the planning of a domestic violence centre for
Edmonton and the surrounding areas. An operational board was established in
January 2006 to oversee business planning and preliminary financing for the
centre.
    This funding is being announced, in part, to celebrate the International
Women's Week, March 2 to 8, with its highlight, March 8, International Women's
Day. This year's theme, Strong Women, Strong World, refers not only to the
empowerment of women but also to the importance of women as caregivers,
educators, policymakers, activists, leaders, international peacemakers and
stewards of the world's environment.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of
Canada.
    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit
    http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.
    This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada website:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and
Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839


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