More Help For Victims of Violence in Ontario

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More Help For Victims of Violence in Ontario

McGuinty Government Expands Training For Francophone Frontline Service Providers

Women's Directorate

Ontario is helping Francophone women who are victims of violence by expanding training for the front-line service providers who work with them.

Over the next three years, workers in shelters, sexual assault centres, and community organizations that serve Francophone communities will be trained through in-person sessions and new formats like web and podcasts.

The training will help workers provide better service by understanding emerging issues including mental health and addiction problems; older women who are being abused; and women who have experienced violence in war-torn countries. 

Training will be delivered through the French Language Training Institute on Violence Against Women of Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes in Ottawa.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario will provide more than $800,000 over three years to train 1,800 front-line workers.
  • Previous funding from Ontario has helped to train 1,350 francophone front-line service workers since 2007.
  • Front-line workers will deliver services to an estimated 45,000 francophone women in Ontario over the next three years.

Quotes

“Through in-person training sessions, webcasts, podcasts and online initiatives, those on the frontlines will be better equipped to support Francophone women and their children who are victims of violence.”

Laurel Broten

Minister Responsible for Women's Issues

Madeleine Meilleur

“The French language training offered to front-line workers in Ontario is an important step in ensuring that Francophone women who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence are able to access services and supports in the language they are most comfortable with.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, MPP, Ottawa-Vanier

“The funding for the French Language Training Institute has helped Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes meet the needs of francophone women at risk of experiencing violence.”

Ghislaine Sirois

Executive Director, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes

Media Contacts

  • Julia Goloshchuk

    Minister Office

    julia.goloshchuk@ontario.ca

    416-212-7159

  • Michel Payen-Dumont

    Communications Branch

    michel.payen-dumont@ontario.ca

    416-314-7010

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