The province is committing nearly $3-million towards supporting services for victims of domestic abuse, including contributions to a pair of local services.
A one-time emergency fund of $2.7-million has been created by the provincial government, from which the Barrie and Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service, and the North Simcoe Victim Crisis Services will both receive funds. The former will receive $38,125 and the latter will get $25,750. This emergency funding is on top of the annual allocation from the Ministry of the Attorney General.
“Staying home is unfortunately not always the safest option in certain households, and sadly a recent increase in domestic violence has been reported to front-line victims service organizations,” said Doug Downey, Attorney General, and Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MPP. “This emergency payment will ensure victims of crime, particularly those who are experiencing domestic violence, get the help they need to stay safe and healthy during this crisis.”
The emergency fund will support more than fifty community agencies across Ontario, including victim crisis assistance, Indigenous organizations, and those in rural areas still operational during the COVID-19 crisis.