McGuinty Government Building On Services For Victims Of Sexual Assault In Algoma
Three Service Providers To Offer Specialized Supports
ALGOMA - The McGuinty government is providing expanded services designed to meet the needs of victims of sexual assault in Algoma, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today.
"I know that local agencies will welcome this investment of more than $240,000 that complements and builds on the services they currently provide in the area of violence against women," said Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown. "This will help these groups bring better coordinated sexual assault program services to women who are victims of violence across the district."
The services will be delivered by the following agencies:
- The Elliot Lake Family Life Centre will serve east Algoma
- Centre Victoria Pour Femmes will serve Algoma's francophone population
- Women in Crisis (Algoma) Inc. will serve non-francophone women in Sault Ste. Marie and Central Algoma, including First Nation communities.
Also, Wawa and Area Victim Services provides victim support services to non-francophone women in North Algoma. This organization received $40,000 in special funding for victims of crime in northern Ontario to develop sexual assault services.
Provincially funded sexual assault centres serve more than 36,000 women in Ontario each year, offering support, assistance and compassion to victims. The broad range of services offered to Ontario victims of sexual assault include:
- 24-hour crisis and support line (listed locally)
- court, police and hospital accompaniment
- supportive peer counselling services (one-to-one and group)
- public and professional education regarding the nature and extent of sexual violence
- information and referral services.
"Sexual assault is a criminal offence that devastates the lives of all those it touches," said Attorney General Michael Bryant. "We are committed to ensuring that high quality supports and services are available to meet the needs of victims."