PRINCE GEORGE – The Northern John Howard Society of British Columbia, Northern First Nations Child and Family Services Council Society, Carrier Sekani Family Services, University of Northern British Columbia, Harwin Elementary School and RCMP Victim Services have received funding from the province’s civil forfeiture grant program to put towards a number of violence prevention projects.

“This year, the civil forfeiture grant program is focused on the reduction of violence against women and that is timely considering the launch of our #SaySomething campaign,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said.  “I encourage each of you to visit saysomethingbc.ca to learn about what you can do to be part of the solution in preventing violence against women and domestic violence. Let’s work together to #SaySomething.”

“As a former RCMP officer, I understand how critical it is to build awareness about violence in our community as well as to support victims of violence on their path to healing,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “By sharing anti-violence and prevention initiatives we can help make our community stronger.”

“It takes a whole community to take a stand against violence,” Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said. “This funding supports bringing people together to be that united voice that will resonate and prevent future violence.”

The Northern John Howard Society of British Columbia is receiving $30,000 in funding for its Stop Taking it Out on Your Partner project.

The Northern First Nations Child and Family Services Council Society will put its $30,000 in funding towards establishing the First Nations Child Advocacy Centre of Northern B.C.

Carrier Sekani Family Services will use its $30,000 in funding for an action plan to address violence against young women and girls in the Burns Lake area.

The University of Northern British Columbia will use its $28,884 in funding to study the connection between sexual victimization and hitchhiking, transportation options for women.

Harwin Elementary School is getting $20,000 to facilitate the Red Cross RespectED project in Grade 5-7 classrooms.

The RCMP Victim Services is receiving $14,500 to address sexual exploitation and human trafficking in the community.

This year, the priority focus for civil forfeiture grants is on initiatives that address violence against women, and support the Violence Free BC strategy. Other areas where funding was made available included serving victims through restorative justice, community and youth crime prevention, and police education, training and specialized crime prevention equipment.

Since the civil forfeiture program became active, it has returned more than $16 million from successful forfeiture actions to crime prevention grants and victim compensation payments in B.C.

Violence Free BC is the provincial government’s long-term strategy and commitment to end violence against women. Acting as a roadmap, Violence Free BC combines immediate actions with a long-term vision to end the violence, and to support women whose lives and well-being have been impacted by violence. In future years, a portion of civil forfeiture funds will be dedicated to support the Violence Free BC strategy.