Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Civil forfeiture assets fund domestic violence programs in FV communities

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Voice file photo

 

MLA Throness reels in badly needed cash for domestic violence programs in the Upper Fraser Valley.

 

ive local organizations are receiving funding from the province’s civil forfeiture program, thanks to the Violence Free B.C. initiative announced by Chilliwack-Hope MLA, Laurie Throness.

• Fraser-Cascade School District #78 - $14,295
• Hope & Area Transition Society - $7,758
• Trails Crossing Friendship Centre - $7,700
• Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School - $7,275
• Fraser Valley Conference - $5,700

“Prevention is the best method of eliminating violence,” said Throness. “And early intervention at a young age will teach young people that any form of violence or abuse is unacceptable and should be reported under any circumstance.”

Fraser-Cascade School District #78 is building a violence prevention program for students from K-12 that will teach students the dynamics of family violence.

The Hope & Area Transition Society will help support the establishment of the Violence Against Women in Relationships Committee that will help create anti-violence systems in the Fraser Area.

The Trails Crossing Friendship Centre is creating a 12-week aboriginal program that focuses on intervention of violence through healing circles.

Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School is providing a two-day Healthy Youth Relationships training course for educators and local First Nation leaders.

The Fraser Valley Conference is providing training that will help identify risk factors and strategize how each community can provide enhanced response to better support victims.

This year, the priority focus for civil forfeiture grants is on initiatives that address violence against women, and support the Violence Free BC strategy. Other areas where funding was made available included serving victims through restorative justice, community and youth crime prevention, and police education, training and specialized crime prevention equipment.

Since the civil forfeiture program became active, it has returned more than $16 million from successful forfeiture actions to crime prevention grants and victim compensation payments in B.C.

 

Two local organizations are receiving funding from the province's civil forfeiture program, announced by Chilliwack-Hope MLA, Laurie Throness.

Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Society will be receiving $19,956.00 in funding under the Community and Youth Crime Prevention category, and the Sts'ailes Community School is receiving $4,350.00 thanks to the Violence Free B.C. initiative.

Agassiz-Harrison Community Services is a non-profit, multi-service agency that provides over 20 different programs and services to residents living in the District of Kent (Agassiz) and Harrison Hot Springs.

"This project provides opportunities for at risk youth to experience nature through weekend camping trips to parks within our region," said executive director Laura Midan. "Through these camping trips, youth will be involved in recreational activities, make positive social connections with other youth, experience an increase in self-esteem and be less likely to be involved in crime due to positive social activities."

"Youth will identify with experiences that are relevant to everyday life," said Throness. "These programs will create a sense of belonging to the community and give them life-long memories that will change their perspective while growing-up."

This year, the priority focus for civil forfeiture grants is on initiatives that address violence against women, and support the Violence Free BC strategy. Other areas where funding was made available included serving victims through restorative justice, community and youth crime prevention, and police education, training and specialized crime prevention equipment.

Since the civil forfeiture program became active, it has returned more than $16 million from successful forfeiture actions to crime prevention grants and victim compensation payments in B.C.

Violence Free BC is the provincial government's long-term strategy and commitment to end violence against women. Acting as a roadmap, Violence Free BC combines immediate actions with a long-term vision to end the violence, and to support women whose lives and well-being have been impacted by violence. In future years, a portion of civil forfeiture funds will be dedicated to support the Violence Free BC strategy.
 

 

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