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Improving Supports for Francophone Victims of Violence

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Improving Supports for Francophone Victims of Violence

Ontario Ensuring Abused Women have Access to Services in French

Ministry of the Status of Women

Ontario is helping Francophone women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence access effective support services in their own language.

The province is supporting Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) as it expands its training for frontline francophone workers who counsel women who've experienced or are at-risk of domestic or sexual violence. The expanded professional development program includes legal training and increased focus on issues facing immigrant and Aboriginal women, and transgendered persons.

Helping Francophone women who have experienced violence get the support they need to rebuild their lives is part of Ontario's Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Action Plans and supports the new Ontario government's efforts to build a fair society for all.

Quick Facts

  • AOcVF designs specialized training that recognizes the culturally sensitive needs of Francophone women. The training is delivered online through AOcVF’s French Language Training Institute.
  • Ontario is providing more than $750,000 in support over three years for the French Language Training Institute to provide the specialized training online to front-line workers across the province.
  • Ottawa-based AOcVF is an Ontario umbrella organization representing 1,800 violence-against-women Francophone service providers.
  • It is estimated that one in three Canadian women will experience sexual assault in their adult life.

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“Francophone women have unique needs. The specialized training offered through the French Language Training Institute means frontline workers across the province will be able to reach more women who experience violence and get them the support they need in their mother tongue.”

Laurel Broten

Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues

“It’s important that abused women understand what services are available to help them heal and move on in their lives. This new support will go a long way to ensure that the quality of services to Francophone communities is continuously improving and adapting to new and emerging issues.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“Specialized training for Francophone frontline professionals ensures Francophone women who have experienced violence have access to the services they need at one of the most difficult times in their lives.”

Jeanne Françoise Mouè

President, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF)

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