British Columbia News
Programs target those who commit violence in relationships
Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:00 AM
Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:00 AM
Prevention and intervention programs for perpetrators of domestic violence is the focus of nearly $300,000 in funding that is being awarded to 10 community organizations throughout the province.
“Our government continues to work collaboratively with partners in the community to ensure the safety of women, children and anyone who is impacted by domestic violence,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “This work involves supporting organizations in delivering prevention and intervention programming and supporting changes in the behaviour of the perpetrator.”
Ten community organizations throughout the province were given up to $30,000 each to deliver group programming for those who commit violence in intimate-partner relationships. This will enable community organizations to deliver prevention and intervention programming to individuals in the community prior to the charge, conviction or sentencing stage of the criminal justice system.
“Domestic violence has devastating impacts on women and children. That’s why we’re committed to working with survivors and providing supports to those who need it,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “By providing early intervention programming to those who perpetrate violence and abuse in relationships, we are working towards more positive outcomes, healthy relationships and safer communities.”
“We can’t underestimate how devastating the impacts of domestic violence can be on victims,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “I’m grateful to community organizations, like Family Services of the North Shore, who are providing critical intervention programs to perpetrators and working to support the women and children who face violence.”
A backgrounder follows.
- Since 2015, government has been working to introduce and provide direct services for perpetrators of domestic violence prior to involvement in the criminal justice system.
- To better meet the ongoing need for programs and services, government increased annual funding in Budget 2018. Starting in 2018-19, annual funding increased by $5 million, which will be increased by an additional $3 million in 2020-21 — a total increase of $18 million over three years.
- The Province funds a range of services to support victims of sexual violence and provides a total of more than $37 million in annual funding to support over 400 victim services and violence against women programs throughout the province.
- The ministry also continues to prioritize addressing violence against women through the Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Grant Program.
- In March 2019, the ministry awarded over $3.1 million in to support community-led projects that address domestic violence and sexual assault, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and vulnerable women in the sex trade, Indigenous healing and rebuilding, and projects that enhance the capacity and improve the services of child and youth advocacy centres.
- $368,000 of the Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Program grant funding supports 13 community-led projects that address the prevention and intervention of domestic violence by developing and/or delivering services to men and boys. Projects funded range from educational programs to encourage healthy relationships among young men and boys, to counselling to support men who are at risk of using domestic violence in relationships, to group programming for men who have used violence and abuse in relationships.