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Ontario Taking Action to Support Women Who Experience Violence

Province Supporting Measures to Protect Older Women from Abuse As Part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is taking action to support measures that will protect women from abuse and support those who have experienced violence.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services made the announcement yesterday morning at  a reception for the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) in Toronto. The funding will help the association continue to deliver front-line staff training to the violence against women sector on a variety of topics.

OAITH works across Ontario to deliver public awareness, training and advocacy so that emergency shelters, second stage housing programs and community-based organizations can meet the needs of women in their communities.

The province will also be providing funding to support an important collaboration between OAITH and various provincial partners to provide specialized training that will help identify and address abuse of older women.

As an additional measure to protect seniors, Ontario will be providing support for the Seniors Safety Line, to help seniors experiencing or at risk of abuse.

Investing in public awareness and training for frontline workers is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The province will be providing $130,000 to OAITH to deliver training to the violence against women sector across the province, to continue to build expertise in the sector.
  • Ontario is providing $1,050,000 over four years, through Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors to the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH). This funding will support collaboration between OAITH and various provincial partners to provide specialized training for front-line staff to provide services that will help identify and address abuse of older women.
  • In 2017-18, the province is also providing $100,000 toward the Seniors Safety Line, a toll free service to support seniors experiencing or at risk of abuse. The Seniors Safety Line can be accessed at 1-866-299-1011. It is managed by the Assaulted Women’s Helpline in partnership with Elder Abuse Ontario.
  • In 2016-17 Ontario invested $148M in violence against women services, a 54 per cent increase since 2003.
  • These supports are part of the province’s overall investment of $155 million over three years through the Ontario Action Plan for Seniors.

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Quotes

Dr. Helena Jaczek

“Our government believes that every woman in Ontario deserves to live free from the threat of violence and abuse. With the help of our partners such as OAITH and the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, we are committed to providing continued access to training that will advance the knowledge and skills of our front-line workers and bring increased safety and security to women across the province.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

Dipika Damerla

“Elder abuse must not be tolerated in Ontario. Seniors deserve the right to live safely in their homes and communities – and to be treated with the dignity and respect they rightly deserve. Through Aging with Confidence Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, our government is creating new initiatives to both increase elder abuse prevention and strengthen our capacity to intervene when a senior is at risk or is experiencing abuse.”

Dipika Damerla

Minister of Seniors Affairs

“Thank you to Minister Jaczek and her ministry for their continued support and commitment to ending violence against women in Ontario. Continued access to training and resources for our front-line staff equips and prepares them to maintain the highest quality of service and supporting all women in Ontario to live lives free from violence and threats of violence.”

Charlene Catchpole

Chair OAITH, Executive Director of Leeds and Greenville Interval House

“The Assaulted Women's Helpline is grateful to receive support from the Government of Ontario which will provide much needed support to seniors who are experiencing or are at risk of abuse through the Seniors Safety Line. We are always available, 24/7, to provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals – in over 200 languages. Our commitment to women and communities in Ontario has never been stronger.”

Huong Pham

Executive Director, Assaulted Women's Helpline

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