March 16, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Justice Canada
Family violence and intimate partner violence (IPV) are serious public health issues and have immediate and long-term consequences for victims, including physical, mental, cognitive and financial. Everyone in Canada should be safe and free from physical, emotional and sexual violence, discrimination, and harassment. As the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified systemic and longstanding inequalities, there is an increased need and urgency to fund initiatives aimed at supporting victims of family violence, sexual assault, and IPV across the country.
Today, Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced on behalf of the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, that the Government of Canada is providing over $1.17 million for two projects on Prince Edward Island to support victims of IPV and family violence. This funding is being provided through Justice Canada's Justice Partnership and Innovation Program (JPIP), which supports initiatives with the goal of ensuring an accessible, efficient and fair system of justice for all.
The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Department of Social Development and Housing, Child and Family Services will receive $501,950 for their project "Interagency Domestic Violence Case Assessment Team and Family Violence Risk Assessment Training". This project will implement a collaborative response and culturally appropriate model to address high-risk situations of family violence and provide training to child protection workers in using a spousal risk assessment tool. The project will increase the awareness and understanding of the risk factors associated with family violence as well as enhance the knowledge and skills of both government and community members on PEI to respond to family violence. This investment is funded through JPIP's Family Violence Initiative, which supports the development, implementation, testing and assessment of models, strategies and tools to improve the justice system's response to family violence. It also supports projects that raise public awareness of the issue and encourage public involvement in responding to family violence.
The Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island will receive $671,155 in funding for their program "RISE: Legal Resources for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence". This project empowers victims and survivors through a victim-centered approach by providing them with a holistic, trauma-informed client intake process; information about their legal options; and up to four hours of free legal advice from a trauma-informed lawyer.
This investment is the result of a call for proposals launched by the Government of Canada in June 2021, and part of a Budget 2021 total investment of $48.75 million over five years, through Justice Canada's Victims Fund and JPIP, for projects that help survivors of sexual assault and IPV in making informed decisions about their particular circumstances. These investments build on Budgets 2017 and 2018, with total funding of over $600 million over five years, and complement efforts underway as part of the Government of Canada's Gender-Based Violence Strategy.