British Columbia

$6.5M boost for crime prevention in B.C. focuses on violence against women

Of the new funding, $1.7 million will go toward preventing sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said.

$1.7M will go toward preventing sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking

Mike Farnworth announces the $6.5 million in grants in Surrey, B.C. on Friday. (CBC)

B.C.'s public safety minister is pledging more provincial money to fight crime, with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.

Mike Farnworth announced $6.5 million in grants for crime-prevention projects that address violence against women and community safety at a press conference in Surrey, B.C., on Friday.

He said that $1.7 million of this money will go toward preventing sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Indigenous families healing from intergenerational trauma and youth needing mentorship to resist getting caught up in gangs will also benefit from the grants, which will be distributed in Surrey, Farnworth said.

Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity in Surrey, says the grants will help women 'in conflict with the law' to create better outcomes for their children and families. (CBC)

The money will go to more than 170 programs and projects aimed at "vulnerable" citizens that are led by community organizers, schools and police.

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society will receive nearly $30,000 to enhance domestic violence supports, transition houses and second-stage recovery houses in Surrey.

Another $75,000 will go to its Women's Crime Reduction Program, aimed at helping women who have a criminal history.

"Our organization promotes a safer, more inclusive Surrey," said Neelam Sahota, the society's CEO.

"We envision a community where everyone feels they belong."

Around $1.4 million will go toward addressing Indigenous healing, a news release said.

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