Ontario Government Helps Francophones Combat Violence Against Women

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Ontario Government Helps Francophones Combat Violence Against Women

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Investment Will Mean Better Tools, Raise Awareness OTTAWA, Nov. 4 - The Ontario government is helping francophone organizations prevent violence against women, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Madeleine Meilleur, announced today at a meeting to develop French-language services to combat violence against women. "Our government understands that violence against women affects women of all backgrounds," said Meilleur. "The participation of community organizations is essential to the success of any strategy to combat violence against women. We are proud to support these organizations and help them to provide the necessary support for women in crisis situations." The Ontario government is investing $124,000 to help eight organizations provide services and raise awareness among women and teenage girls about domestic and sexual violence and violence against elderly, immigrant and visible minority women. The funding will also help train francophone caseworkers to effectively and compassionately respond to victims of violence. The Ontario government has recently launched a long-term action plan for the fight against domestic violence which includes: - Additional funding to create ways of providing housing for women victims of violence and their children; - A four-year public education campaign to mobilize communities and encourage them to break the cycle of violence - Better training programs for police officers, Crown attorneys and other workers involved in the criminal justice system - Funding to increase the support given to community organizations that provide shelter and counselling services to women and children who are fleeing violence. "The McGuinty government is determined to tackle domestic violence in order to better protect women and their children," said Minister Responsible for the Women's Issues, Sandra Pupatello. "Domestic violence is an issue that affects every community across the country." Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 4, 2004 INITIATIVE FOR THE PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN - EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM The Office of Francophone Affairs manages an educational program as part of the initiative for the prevention of violence against women. An allocation of $124,000 has been provided for projects that contribute to the development of educational activities to raise awareness of the Francophone population in Ontario about violence against women, and to support the development of measures for violence prevention. Below is a list of organizations to receive funding this year. $27,000 Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO) Union culturelle des franco-ontariennes (UCFO) Ottawa Project: Workshops for teenagers "Self Affirmation" The purpose of this project is to raise awareness among teenagers and the training team about prevention of violence and sexual assault, through newsletters, various interventions in schools and workshops. In addition to training workers in the field, the goal is to maximize the passing on of this information by encouraging participants to become involved in their schools throughout the year and raise awareness among students of all grade levels. $25,000 Oasis centre des femmes - Toronto Project: "Program for prevention and raising awareness about violence against Francophone women aged 65 and older" The purpose of this project is to raise awareness among all members of the Francophone community about the problems of violence against older women and among people who work in organizations that provide assistance for the elderly, by training workers at the Oasis centre, organizing prevention workshops for women aged 65 and older, and publishing a pamphlet. $19,500 Centre francophone d'aide et de lutte contre les aggressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS) - Ottawa Project: "Prevention and raising awareness about sexual assault among teenage girls and boys in the Ottawa's high schools" The purpose of this project is to develop a partnership with Ottawa region high schools and to set up a series of workshops and meetings to raise the awareness of teenage boys and girls about sexual assault. $16,000 Centre ontarien de prévention des aggressions (COPA) Toronto Project: "Guidance document" The purpose of this project is to complete and distribute a series of three guide manuals that provide a summary of key issues on current, controversial topics (girls and intimidation, violence prevention education and feminism). $15,000 Mouvement des femmes immigrantes francophones (MOFIF) Ottawa Project: "Preventing the re-victimization of Francophone women who have survived armed conflicts" The purpose of this project is to raise awareness in the Francophone community (women, care workers, organizations) about the needs of immigrant and refugee Francophone women who have been traumatized by war, in terms of services related to violence prevention and intervention. $14,000 Groupe artisanal féminin francophone (G.A.F.F.O.) Toronto Project: "ET SI ON LEVAIT LES VOILES .. fin à l'alcoolisme qui tue nos femmes" (SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE SITUATION: putting an end to alcoholism that kills our women) The G.A.F.F.O. is going to publish twenty stories gathered from women victims of violence due to alcohol. The purpose is to demystify alcoholism as the primary catalyst of violence from women of African origin, and to educate families, women and young people on the devastating effects of alcohol on health, family stability, behaviour and abuse. $12,000 Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara Hamilton Project: "Breaking the cycle of violence: Hamilton and Niagara" The purpose of this project is to develop a flexible approach to the particular needs of various Francophone schools and community groups in Hamilton and the Niagara region.For further information: Guy Lepage, Minister Meilleur's office, (416) 325-1689; Gabriel Manseau, Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4938