Early Intervention To Stop Domestic Violence
McGuinty Government Helping Families Stay Safe
Families dealing with abuse in London will benefit from increased support to help break the cycle of violence.
The province is helping the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration launch its new Family Violence Early Intervention Program. The new program is aimed at immigrants and refugees coming from conflict zones. It will identify risk factors earlier and incorporate culturally appropriate family violence intervention strategies, such as public presentations, community consultations and training sessions about healthy conflict resolution, which respond to the needs of London's immigrant families.
This latest initiative builds on the success of the internationally acclaimed Muslim Family Safety Project, initiated by Dr. Mohammed Baobaid in London in 2004. It will also help raise awareness of family violence in London's Muslim community, educate victims about their rights and help prevent future violence.
Preventing crime and promoting safety are part of the Open Ontario Plan to provide safe communities for Ontario families to live and learn.
- The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration has received $80,000 from Ontario's Victims' Justice Fund.
- Ontario's Victims' Justice Fund is used to provide services to support victims of crime.
- Ontario invests more than $208 million each year in services to address violence against women.
“We are pleased to support this culturally tailored project to help further Dr. Baobaid's ground-breaking work, bringing the community together to understand the causes of family violence and respond effectively.”
“Ontario is committed to ensuring victims have access to the services they need, when they need them. This project will help many victims in the London area.”
“This project will offer help to new Muslim Canadian families affected by family violence, and will further educate members of London's Muslim community about domestic violence issues and keep them safe.”
“I'm eager to implement this new project. Immigration and integration can be a stressful time for families and this project will help new Muslim Canadians handle that stress without experiencing violence.”
Dr. Mohammed Baobaid