Lekstrom Delivers Funding to Stop Domestic Violence

Victoria – Three local organizations will be receiving community grants in order to increase efforts in the fight against domestic violence against women, said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom.

The Dawson Creek Aboriginal Family Resources Society, South Peace Community Resources Society in Dawson Creek and Tansi Friendship Centre Society in Chetwynd will each receive $20,000 in community grants.

?The government committed $1 million in January to Community Action for Women?s Safety grants,? said Lekstrom. ?These organizations will use the funds to address an issue of vital importance in our community, domestic violence.?

The projects approach women?s safety issues in different ways including: public education and infrastructure changes.

The Dawson Creek Aboriginal Family Resources Society?s Connections project will establish a representative committee to support ongoing and new initiatives relating to domestic violence, especially in the Aboriginal community. The committee will start by establishing education sites (kiosks) which will provide information regarding emergency and long term supports in the community.

The South Peace Community Resources Society?s Women?s Safety First Community Audit project will facilitate a community wide safety audit in partnership with the city of Dawson Creek in order to identify ways in which women?s safety is jeopardized and to make recommendations for increasing safety for women in the community. The purpose of the project is both to make changes in city infrastructure to increase safety (increase number of payphones, improve lighting, etc) and also, to raise further awareness about the issue of violence against women.

The Tansi Friendship Centre Society?s Life Skills for Women project recognizes that for women to leave a violent relationship they must have the means to support themselves. The project will participate in workshops to raise self-confidence and feelings of self-worth, and develop marketable skills to make it possible for women to find and retain work.

?Today, women of all nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, and economic backgrounds come together to celebrate International Women?s Day,? said Minister of Community Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors? and Women?s Issues Ida Chong. ?Our Province seeks to honour British Columbian women – for their tremendous influence on our lives and for their achievements – and we are committed to making communities safer for women and their families by preventing domestic violence.?

The Province announced it would provide $1 million through the Community Action for Women?s Safety grants for domestic violence awareness and prevention projects, with priority given to those that address safety for Aboriginal women, immigrant and visible minority women, older women and women with disabilities.