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Manitoba Improving Support for Sexual Violence Survivors

January 17, 2018 9:30 AM | News

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is moving to create new initiatives to foster better support for survivors of sexual violence.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced Wednesday more than $147,000 from the federal Justice Canada’s Victims Fund to be used for training, information and education related to sexual violence.

“Sexual violence is a plague on our society,” said Stefanson. “Every Manitoban has a role to play in reducing and eliminating it. This funding will better equip service providers to help survivors of violence and will better equip those individuals to deal with the consequences of that violence in a way that works best for them.”

Of the funding announced, more than $50,000 will be used for workshops and training sessions on sexual assault for community members, service providers and police, more than $75,000 for specialized training for Manitoba Victim Services, the Manitoba Prosecution Service and other services, and $20,000 for new printed and digital resources developed by Manitoba Victim Services.

Manitoba Justice will partner with several community agencies and other government departments to develop and deliver the new projects including Klinic Community Health Centre and Ka Ni Kanichihk.

The public workshops are expected to be offered later this year. Details will be posted online at gov.mb.ca/justice and @MBGov on Twitter.