The Nova Scotia government is providing $900,000 in an effort to help communities address sexual violence.

Marilyn More, the minister responsible for the status of women, says the funding includes $700,000 over two years to help develop services for victims and $200,000 in grants to organizations that deal with sexual violence.

The executive director of an outreach group for sex workers welcomed the funding but says it needs to be sustainable over a longer period of time.

Rene Ross of Halifax-based Stepping Stone says organizations such as hers constantly have to fight with the government to get the funding necessary to support victims of violence