Ottawa, ON - Last week, the Government of Canada announced a 10-year investment to prevent, detect and combat family violence and child abuse, just one of the many ways the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to stand up for victims.
Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris said, "Our Government is committed to ensuring the safety of all Canadians and will continue to stand up for victims of violence. Through this investment we will be able to better support victims of violence and their children, wherever they live, so that they may heal and rebuild their lives toward a healthier future."
Family violence is an important issue that unfortunately affects many Canadians across the country.
Long-term exposure to family violence can have devastating health effects on victims including, substance abuse, mental illness, suicidal behaviours, and chronic illnesses such as heart disease. The impacts are far reaching, affecting communities, workplaces, and society as a whole.
The investment will support victims of violence and their children through a multi-faceted approach that will:
- Better equip health professionals with the information and training they need to safely support victims of domestic violence and child abuse;
- Improve the health and well-being of victims of violence in their communities;
- Enhance access to mental health counselling for victims of violence; and
- Support and enhance organizations and partnerships that provide integrated services to victims of violence.
The investment will be administered through the Public Health Agency of Canada ($7 million/year) and Health Canada ($3 million/year), for a total of $10 million annually for the next 10 years.
This investment will cover a wide variety of programming across sectors, designed to support victims' physical and mental well-being. Examples may range from peer support groups to using different types of physical activity to aid in victims' recovery and healing from violence.
In addition to this new investment, Maguire announced a Call for Proposals for local Westman organizations to submit funding applications to advance community-based projects that support victims of domestic violence and child abuse and those at risk of these forms of violence.
This Call for Proposals is a two-step process and the first step is the submission of a Letter of Intent. Applicants whose Letters of Intent are successful will be invited to submit a full proposal. There is no deadline for Letters of Intent and they are welcomed on a continuous basis.
"Far too many families have been affected by family violence and its aftermath," said Maguire. "That is why we are taking action to help prevent this type of violence, along with ensuring a justice system is in place to support victims and bring those who commit these acts to justice."
For more information on how to submit an application for funding, please visit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sfv-avf/
- Family violence refers to a range of abusive behaviours that occur within relationships, including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse, as well as neglect. Domestic violence and child abuse are two predominant forms of family violence.
- In 17% of family violence cases, the accused was a parent. In 11% of cases, the accused was the victim's child.
- In 2011, family violence accounted for approximately 25% of all violent crimes reported to police. This figure is underestimated given that many incidents go unreported. Nearly half of all victims of family violence were victimized by a current or former spouse.
- In Canada, almost 7 of 10 family violence victims are female and 30% of Canadian women experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime.
- In 2009, the estimated total economic impact of spousal violence in Canada was $7.4 billion. This figure includes costs to the justice system and the costs borne by victims and their family members.