Victim Services of Nipissing District will receive $363,000 to provide new supports and services for victims of crime and their families.
The Nipissing region has been a historically underserved area in terms of supports and services, and this will increase access to crisis intervention services for local residents by expanding 24/7 assistance to victims and their families according to a news release.
“This historic investment in supporting victims of crime in Nipissing region will address the gap in services that our region has experienced for far too long,” said MPP Vic Fedeli.
“Broader access to victim services is increasingly critical to the well-being of local communities in the Nipissing District," said Kathleen Jodouin, Executive Director. "All victims of crime and tragic circumstances in these communities will have 24/7 access to support services.
"Since the onset of COVID-19 there have been increased reports in cases of criminal activities, such as fraud and intimate partner violence, and we want victims to know they do not need to remain in a dangerous situation,” explains Jodouin. "it will ensure people in small, rural, and northern communities, are able to reach out for help and receive the immediate support that is vital to helping them heal and rebuild their lives.”
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The Ontario government has also announced it will provide up to four hours of free legal advice to survivors of sexual assault.