Grants aimed at preventing violence against women

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A new round of grants from the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat will help community-based efforts to prevent violence against women.

The Violence Against Women Prevention Grant announced today will provide $50,000 to community organizations for innovative projects to enhance awareness, education and action towards preventing violence against women. To apply (by September 29, 2017) or for more information, visit Violence Against Women Prevention Grant.

“Violence against women affects everyone,” said Paula Biggar, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. “Violence against women comes at a high social cost; and it impacts health and justice systems, as well. This is why there needs to be a focus on prevention. It is very important that we engage in measures that reduce the instances of violence from occurring in the first place. “

Women constitute the majority of those seeking services for family violence-related issues in Prince Edward Island. For example, women have consistently made up at least 94 per cent of recipients of emergency protection orders under the Victims of Family Violence Act.

The $50,000 in grants will be administered through project funding to community groups through a request-for-proposal process.

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Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy

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