Victim Services and Crime Prevention:
- Government commits more than $70 million per year in prevention and intervention services, and programs that benefit victims of crime.
- This year, government introduced A Vision for a Violence Free B.C. (VFBC) - the Province's long-term strategy to address violence against women in B.C.
- In April 2015, the Province invested $5 million in civil forfeiture grants in anti-violence and crime prevention initiatives throughout B.C., with a focus on those that address violence against women.
- This funding is supporting projects aligned with VFBC, as well as efforts to prevent youth involvement in crime, address local crime prevention issues, and better serve victims through Restorative Justice.
- Of this funding, over $1 million was provided to 58 projects focused on supporting Aboriginal communities in their anti-violence and prevention initiatives.
- The 2015-16 call for applications for civil forfeiture grants is now open, which includes five funding streams dedicated to VFBC and community-led initiatives that address violence against women.
- Moving forward, government will continue to dedicate a portion of civil forfeiture funds to support VFBC in future years.
- In early 2015, B.C.'s seventh Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) opened in Nanaimo. In February, government helped open a newly integrated DVU in Surrey.
- In 2014, more than $3.6 million in grants from civil forfeiture proceeds were used to support vulnerable women.
- In 2014, the Province, Government of Canada and City of Vancouver established a fund to offer $50,000 in compensation to each of the living, biological children of the women identified in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report. To date, 77 of the 85 individuals have been compensated or are going through the compensation process.
- The ministry provides $375,000 annually to support community organizations in their crime-prevention projects and programs - organizations like the BC Crime Prevention Association, BC Crime Stoppers, Block Watch Society of BC and the WISH Society.
- B.C. provides $12.3 million annually in financial assistance and other benefits through the Crime Victim Assistance Program to assist eligible victims of crime and their families recover from the impacts of violent crime.
- In 2014-15, Victim Services programs throughout British Columbia helped more than 41,000 new clients and provided more than 458,000 hours of service.
- In 2014-15, more than 33,000 people were referred to Violence Against Women Counselling and Outreach programs, which help women and children impacted by violence.
- VictimLink BC, a free, multilingual crisis line for victims of family or sexual violence and other crimes, gives victims access to help 24/7 - call 1 800 563-0808
Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP):
- B.C. is a national leader in the fight against human trafficking.
- In the Ministry of Justice, B.C.'s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP) works with community agencies to coordinate access to services for trafficked persons, including shelter, legal assistance and medical care. It also provides information about temporary permits, and support to communities and agencies working to address human trafficking.
- In 2013, Government launched B.C.'s Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, setting the province's priorities over three years to 2016 to prevent and address human trafficking.
- In October 2015, B.C. released the second year status report on our progress.
- Government has assisted in more than 200 cases involving potentially trafficked persons since July 2007.
- Since 2011, Government has provided more than $1.7 million in civil forfeiture grant funding to organizations in B.C. to address issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
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