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Working To Reduce Violence Against Women

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Working To Reduce Violence Against Women

McGuinty Government Promoting Awareness, Prevention and Recovery

Not-for-profit groups across Northern Ontario are working to make life safer for women and children. Some organizations focus on preventing violence. Others offer information, training, workshops and shelter to victims of domestic violence, who are overwhelmingly women, and to women and children at risk.

This year, 94 organizations in the North will receive a total of $280,000 for programs, resources and equipment.

The grants are under the Violence Against Women Prevention Initiative, administered in Northern Ontario by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.

Quick Facts

  • May is Sexual Assault Prevention Month in Ontario, and marks the 20th year that Ontario has recognized the month.
  • Ontario invests $190 million annually to prevent violence against women and support victims of abuse.
  • Ontario has 30 English and nine francophone Sexual Assault Centres serving more than 36,000 victims each year.

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“I commend the organizations that are receiving funding for the crucial services they offer.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Mobilizing communities to take action on domestic violence is key to ending woman abuse. We all have a role to play in stopping the abuse.”

Deb Matthews

Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues



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