Ontario Government Recognizes Woman Abuse Prevention Month

    Taking Action to Prevent Violence Against Women

    QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - In recognition of Woman Abuse Prevention
Month, Deb Matthews, Ontario's new Minister Responsible for Women's Issues,
reaffirmed the McGuinty government's commitment to do more to help women
fleeing domestic violence.
    "Women have a fundamental right to safety and security in their homes and
communities," said Matthews. "Our government will increase funding for sexual
assault centres and develop a coordinated plan to target sexual violence by
building on our Domestic Violence Action Plan."
    The Domestic Violence Action Plan provides better community-based
supports, implements public education and training strategies, strengthens
Ontario's criminal and family justice systems response, and provides better
access to French-language services.
    Working together with community partners, the McGuinty government has
achieved results in preventing violence against women and their children by:

      -   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 www.equalityrules.ca
      -   Investing in the Neighbours, Friends and Families public education
          campaign, which provides information to help individuals recognize
          the signs of abuse and know what action to take.

    "Our government intends to do its part to prevent violence against women,"
said Minister Matthews. "We will continue to work together with community
organizations and police to build stronger, safer communities."
    The month of November marks Woman Abuse Prevention Month. More information
can be found about the month on www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/owd.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Kathleen Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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