Better Services For Francophone Women In Ontario

    McGuinty Government Helping Victims Of Domestic Violence

    QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Francophone women in Ontario will be
safer as a result of a new French-language version of a popular campaign to
prevent domestic violence.
    The Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign - in French, Voisin-es,
ami-es et familles - places emphasis on prevention and better community
supports for abused women and their children.
    The Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign includes:

    -  A website -
    -  Information to help community organizations teach the warning signs of
       abuse and take action to help
    -  Brochures and wallet cards in 12 languages in addition to English and
       French and
    -  Public service announcements.

    The McGuinty government is providing over $1.2 million to a coalition of
French-language agencies to adapt the campaign for Francophone communities.
The funds will also be used to train managers and frontline workers to better
recognize the signs of abuse and establish a French-language virtual training
institute to provide ongoing learning opportunities.
    "Our government wants to ensure that services for abused or at-risk women
are accessible to all women living in Ontario," said Matthews. "This funding
is part of our commitment to providing better access to French-language
services for Francophone women escaping abuse."
    The coalition - Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes
(AOcVF) - consists of French-language agencies, workers and survivors involved
in the prevention of violence against women. It advocates for action through
cooperation between networks in order to better respond to the needs of
Francophone women in Ontario in all their diversity.
    "This money will go a long way in helping Francophone women experiencing
domestic violence," said Ghislaine Sirois, directrice générale, Action
ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes. "Our thanks to the Ontario
government for supporting these efforts."
    "Services for French-speaking Ontarians is a priority for the Ontario
government," said Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs Madeleine
Meilleur. "Through this funding, the Francophone community can build stronger,
safer communities for women fleeing domestic violence."
    Working together with community partners, the McGuinty government has
achieved results in preventing violence against women and their children by:

    -  Spending more than $190 million annually to provide violence against
       women services across government
    -  Funding $5.9 million over four years for training, research and
       conferences to assist professionals in recognizing the signs of
       domestic violence and provide appropriate supports and referrals
    -  Launching the Equality Rules public education campaign, which teaches
       youth ages 8 to 14 about healthy, equal and respectful relationships
       to help break the cycle of violence before it starts. For more
       information, visit

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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