Breaking The Cycle Of Violence
McGuinty Government Helps Victim Services For Newcomers In London
A London project will help address family violence in immigrant and refugee communities.
The province is supporting the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration which helps families that have re-located to London from international conflict zones.
The project will coordinate resources from a number of local service providers such as police, hospitals and child welfare services, in order to best respond to these victims' unique needs.
The tools and resources developed from the project will benefit additional social service agencies that are working to address family violence among immigrants and refugees in London and will help develop the provincewide strategy.
- The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration is receiving $200,000 from the Ontario government, which includes $80,000 from the Victims' Justice Fund and a $120,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
- This project builds on the success of the internationally acclaimed Muslim Family Safety Project, founded by Dr. Mohammed Baobaid in 2004, which helps to raise awareness of family violence in London's Muslim community, educate victims about their rights and help prevent future violence.
- Ontario's Victims' Justice Fund is used to provide services to support victims of crime and their families, and help prevent victimization.
- Each year the government invests more than $208 million in services that help address violence against women and children.
“This project has made tremendous progress addressing the problem of family violence in the London area. Supporting the work of the Muslim Resource Centre is important as it brings the community together to better understand the causes and effectively respond to the needs of the community.”
“It is vitally important that people who have been victims of violence in their home countries get the services they need as they begin their new lives in Ontario. This support will help more people get those services so they can recover from the past and embrace their new future.”
“Our government is once again supporting the crucial work that the Muslim Resource Centre does to help victims and educate members of London's Muslim community about domestic violence.”
“Family violence is a problem for many people who have arrived from conflict zones around the world. Through the Safe Integration Project, we are working to provide culturally competent intervention and support services to reduce violence and prevent re-victimization in the home.”
Dr. Mohammed Baobaid