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In an announcement on Thursday, BC’s Ministry of Public Safety reported an investment of approximately $300,000 in programs that aim to prevent and intervene in domestic violence cases across the province.

Ten community organizations were given up to $30,000 each in provincial funding to deliver group programming for those who commit violence in intimate-partner relationships.

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According to the ministry, this funding will allow the organizations to help individuals before these incidents occur, and their cases reach 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.”

Among the organizations receiving this funding, three of them are on Vancouver Island. here’s a full list:

  • CRD, Pacific Family Services Association, Family Violence Program group services
  • Vancouver Island, Nanaimo Family Life Association, Mid Island Mens Services
  • Vancouver Island, Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, Cowichan Men Choose Respect
  • Lower mainland, Delassist Family & Community Services Society, Health Relationships: stopping the cycle of violence against women and children
  • Lower mainland, W.I.N.G.S., MenTOR
  • South interior, Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society, Respecting Your Partner
  • Vancouver, Family Services of the North Shore, Caring Dads program
  • Lower mainland, Abbotsford Community Services, Court Yard for Men
  • North and Central BC, Northern Society for Domestic Peace, Domestic Peace program
  • Williams Lake, Canadian Mental Health Cariboo, Community based victim services.