Programs target those who commit violence in relationships

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Prevention and intervention programs for perpetrators of domestic violence is the focus of nearly $300,000 in funding that is being awarded to 10 community organizations throughout the province.

“Our government continues to work collaboratively with partners in the community to ensure the safety of women, children and anyone who is impacted by domestic violence,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “This work involves supporting organizations in delivering prevention and intervention programming and supporting changes in the behaviour of the perpetrator.”

Ten community organizations throughout the province were given up to $30,000 each to deliver group programming for those who commit violence in intimate-partner relationships. This will enable community organizations to deliver prevention and intervention programming to individuals in the community prior to the charge, conviction or sentencing stage of the criminal justice system.

“Domestic violence has devastating impacts on women and children. That’s why we’re committed to working with survivors and providing supports to those who need it,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “By providing early intervention programming to those who perpetrate violence and abuse in relationships, we are working towards more positive outcomes, healthy relationships and safer communities.”

“We can’t underestimate how devastating the impacts of domestic violence can be on victims,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “I’m grateful to community organizations, like Family Services of the North Shore, who are providing critical intervention programs to perpetrators and working to support the women and children who face violence.”