Keeping Women Safe From Violence
Ontario Supporting Front-Line Services And Aboriginal Women Facing Abuse
Ontario is protecting women from violence with investments that support front-line services and help Aboriginal women facing abuse.
The province's support includes the 2014 budget investment of $14.5 million over three years to ensure fair compensation and training for front-line workers who support women and children who are fleeing abuse. Funding will be provided to agencies that provide critical supports in the community such as emergency shelter services, counselling and child witness programs. The skills and experience of front-line workers at shelters and counselling agencies are critical to helping women and their children feel safe in a crisis and getting them the supports they need to start new lives.
This investment is in addition to ongoing funding through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy for Talk4Healing, Ontario's only women's helpline that supports Aboriginal women throughout Northern Ontario with services in Ojibway, Cree and Oji-Cree.
The province, through the Ontario Women's Directorate, is also supporting the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres' new Honour Life, End Violence campaign that reaches out to women in abusive relationships and reminds men and youth that they have a role to play in ending violence in their homes, workplaces and communities.
Protecting women and children from family violence is part of the Ontario government's four part economic plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talent and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Ontario funds 207 women’s agencies that include 96 emergency shelters for abused women and their children with more than 2,000 beds, 126 transitional and housing service providers and 64 child witness program agencies.
- Community-based counselling services are delivered by 177 agencies that provide support and referral services for women and their children who have experienced abuse.
- In 2013-14, Ontario provided $145 million for programs that help reduce domestic violence.
“Women who are escaping abuse are often dealing with a range of complex issues, from the trauma of violence to concerns about the safety and security of their children. Having experienced, skilled staff in shelters and community agencies is critical to giving women the support they need to escape violence and rebuild their lives.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek
“The supports provided to women and their children through women’s shelters are vital, as women are at increased risk of lethal violence during a pending or actual separation from their spouse or partner. Services such as transitional housing and counselling are vital in providing the safety that women and their children need and deserve.”
“Providing culturally sensitive programs and services for Aboriginal women is critical to ending violence, as well as supporting healing. I’m proud that our government is supporting essential programs, like the Talk4Healing telephone helpline and the OFIFC’s Honour Life, End Violence campaign. These are programs that will help Aboriginal women who have experienced or are at risk of violence.”