NORTH VANCOUVER – Community organizations working to safeguard vulnerable young people from crime and protect victims of domestic, sexual and other forms of violence on the North Shore will benefit from $140,000 in government grants to support public safety priorities.
This is part of a nearly $7.2 million province-wide investment— the largest-ever one-time grants investment in community crime prevention in B.C. — combining $5.5 million in provincial Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) proceeds and $1.69 million from criminal forfeiture proceeds.
North Vancouver Recipients:
- North Shore Restorative Justice Society: $20,000 for its Circles in High Schools Program, which provides opportunities for at-risk youth to discuss issues such as conflict resolution and peer pressure in a supportive environment, and allows them to engage and reintegrate with their peers, school and community.
- North Shore Restorative Justice Society: $20,000 for its Restorative Response Victim Centered Training Project. Funding will allow the society to implement a comprehensive training scheme that will enhance the capacities of staff, volunteers, police officers and victim services volunteers to better serve victims through its Restorative Response Program.
- Hollyburn Family Services Society: $100,000 for the Integrated Domestic Violence Unit. Funding will support the development of a new Domestic Violence Unit on the North Shore, which will be a collaborative initiative between Hollyburn Family Services Society (HFSS), West Vancouver Police Department, North Vancouver RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development and Squamish Nation. The unit will provide expertise in high-risk domestic violence investigations, working in partnership with other community partners to maximize enforcement and minimize risk to victims.
In all, more than 250 projects and programs throughout the province will receive a one-time grant. Nearly $2 million is dedicated to gang and youth crime prevention, and more than $3.5 million will go to community services that address violence against women and girls. The remainder will support training and education for frontline victims service workers, police training and special equipment, and restorative justice.
This year a new stream of civil forfeiture grants is dedicated to programs focused on sexual assault, including responses to sexual assault on post-secondary campuses. This builds on our Vision for a Violence Free BC, the Province’s long-term strategy to end all forms of violence against women.