Ontario Awarding Victim Support Grant to Windsor-Tecumseh
Province supporting victims and survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence, human trafficking and child exploitation
Windsor, ON —The Ontario government is investing more than $4 million across the province to help support victims and survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence, human trafficking, and child exploitation. The funding is being delivered through the Victim Support Grant program and includes $96,954.00 for the Windsor Police Service.
The Windsor Police Service will work with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Windsor Essex Youth Wellness Hub to help reduce the incidents of child exploitation.
“This funding will help the Windsor Police Service and the CMHA to help those victimized by child exploitation in the past,” said Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Andrew Dowie”. “It will also help to identify specific vulnerabilities for those children who are the most at risk of exploitation in our community.”
“Support for victims and survivors is a crucial first step to recovery,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “This important grant is part of our government’s plan to combat violent crime on our streets and ensure that victims are not left behind.”
The Victim Support Grant (VSG) is part of Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy and complements the province’s $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, 2020-2025 and Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021.
- The VSG can be used for a variety of projects and initiatives, including specialized training for law enforcement, culturally responsive education and awareness campaigns, and purchasing technology and equipment to enhance police investigations and provide survivors with the option to complete interviews remotely.
- projects being funded across the province, 19 will focus on intimate partner violence and domestic violence, five on human trafficking, three on child exploitation, and 18 that will focus on all three areas.
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