Grace Lore, Mitzi Dean. Wendy Peterson and Deputy Chief Scott Green spoke at the funding announcement on April 12 at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. The Provincial Government will provide $200,000 in funding for the next two years to help support the programs and services offered. (Kendra Crighton/Victoria News Staff)

$200,000 in funding for Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

The money will support various services offered

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre can breathe a little easier after a funding announcement from MLA Mitzi Dean, parliamentary secretary for gender equity.

The provincial government will provide $200,000 in funding to support the work of the clinic for the next two years.

RELATED: Victoria Sexual Assault Centre looks for new financial model

“I’m a true believer in collaboration and that when people work together we end up with the best results for women, children and families,” said Dean. “The clinic is a living, working, breathing, shining example of that in its 24/7 operation and it’s service.”

Since 2016, the centre has been running an integrated clinic where victims of sexual assault receive a number of services including medical exams, forensic tests and crisis support in one central location.

RELATED: Request for sexual assault resposne increasing on the West Shore

According to Grace Lore, the money will ensure the centre stays open for this year and helps cover some costs into the next. The yearly budget of the centre is $204,000 but Lore says that due to the accumulation of downstream costs the yearly budget is actually closer to $280,000.

Startup funding came from a provincial grant of $100,000 over two years but did not provide any funding to ensure the operation in subsequent years.

The centre secured funding from Central Saanich, Langford, View Royal and Saanich and has made additional funding request to Oak Bay and Victoria.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Rain raises water levels in Cowichan Lake

Possibility that pumps could be shut down soon

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

Victoria author nominated for prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize

Steven Price’s book, Lampedusa, is a historical fiction novel about an an Italian author

Do surveys and referendums work for our democracy?

Direct democracy in the form of surveys and referendum is at odds with western liberal democracy

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Oak Bay father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

‘It’s almost surreal’: B.C. fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

New short-film festival spotlights the weird and wonderfully macabre

Foggy Isle Film Festival happens Sept. 26 at the Victoria Event Centre

Islander honoured for 56 volunteer international aid missions

Former Parksville principal Bill Rawlins receives Sovereign’s Medal from Governor General

‘Time to take action:’ Children advocates call for national youth suicide strategy

Council wants Ottawa to make reporting of suicides and attempted suicides mandatory for data collection

Canadian inflation decelerates to 1.9% as gas prices weaken

August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher

UPDATED: Hundreds gather to reflect and remember UVic students killed in bus crash

Campus community invited to reflect, support one another

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Developers withdraw rezoning application for huge Parksville waterfront plan

IAG to create new draft after processing public feedback

Most Read