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McGuinty Government On The Side Of The Most Vulnerable

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is acting to protect those most at risk from domestic violence by funding local programs across Northern Ontario that seek to prevent abuse, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We're on the side of the most vulnerable. That's why we're supporting the important work of groups throughout Northern Ontario to offer help and hope to those directly affected, and to change society's attitudes toward domestic violence," Bartolucci said.

The provincial government, through the Violence Against Women Prevention Initiative, is investing a total of $280,000 in 104 projects in Northern Ontario. Recipients include family resource centres, sexual assault centres, public health groups, school boards, multicultural associations, women's shelters and agencies working with people with disabilities. Funding is for educational conferences and workshops, staff training, public education and awareness, and minor capital improvements and purchases.

"The Ontario government is acting on many fronts and through many partnerships to reduce and prevent domestic violence," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister Responsible for Women's Issues. "In addition to the projects being announced today, we are implementing our Domestic Violence Action Plan to address domestic violence in a coordinated and comprehensive way."

This funding is just one way the McGuinty government is helping the most vulnerable. Other initiatives include:

• Increasing social assistance rates by five per cent
• Investing $68 million in the Domestic Violence Action Plan

The McGuinty government announced its four-year Domestic Violence Action Plan in December 2004. The plan includes better community supports, training for front-line workers and professionals, public education and prevention initiatives, and improvements to Ontario's criminal and family justice system.

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