Ontario's Government for the People is tapping into a network of community partners, including about 900 member organizations, agencies and partners, to help stop violence against women and improve services for survivors.
The government is investing $11.5 million this year to better support frontline shelter workers serving women and children and delivering counselling programs across the province. This funding directly supports more than 400 agencies. Close to one-third of this funding is for Indigenous centres providing supports to Indigenous women and children. This funding builds on the $163 million yearly funding for violence against women services for a total of $174.5 million in funding so far this year.
Consultation with the 48 existing Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees across the province will help to integrate and improve services for the women in Ontario who need it most. These local committees work through community coordination, training and public awareness to respond to violence against women and help survivors.
- 1 in 3 women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.
- Women are three times more likely to be stalked and three-and-a-half times more likely to be a victim of intimate partner violence.
- Indigenous women are three times more likely to be a victim of a violent crime and three times more likely to experience spousal violence than non-Indigenous women.