PRINCE GEORGE – Amber House in Prince George is receiving $10,000 from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help support Aboriginal women and children who are affected by domestic violence and fleeing abuse so they can rebuild their lives.

Aboriginal women and children make up a large percentage of British Columbians who are affected by domestic violence and other crimes. In fact, Aboriginal women in B.C. are nearly three times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women.

“Every woman has a right to feel safe and secure and live a life free of violence,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Domestic violence is one of the most troubling realities in our society and we all have a role to play in preventing it and finding better ways to support those who are victims of violence and abuse, especially Aboriginal women, who are three times more likely to experience it.”

“This funding helps ensure the women and children who come to Amber House can feel safe and secure, are treated with dignity and receive the help they need,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “I am proud that our government is providing victims of domestic violence the supports necessary to escape this vicious cycle.”

This funding will allow the Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Society to help improve programs and services and make them more accessible to the Aboriginal women and children who need them, especially in rural and remote communities.

For example, the subsidy will be used toward the cost of:

  • Transportation to a transition house/safe home, a doctor’s appointment or lawyer meeting, or to fly a high-risk client out of the community;
  • Medical and legal services;
  • Important documents, such as identification;
  • Clothing and personal items if the woman/child had to leave their home quickly.

Today’s announcement is part of the provincial government’s second- and third-year commitments under the three-year, $5.5-million Provincial Domestic Violence Plan to provide direct services for Aboriginal children, youth and families in rural and remote communities.

The B.C. government commits more than $70 million per year in prevention and intervention services and programs that benefit victims of domestic violence and other crimes.