Province Boosts Support for Violence Prevention

PRINCE GEORGE – Four organizations in Prince George are sharing $165,000 in proceeds from the Civil Forfeiture Office to support the prevention of violence against women and youth crime prevention initiatives.

Organizations Receiving Proceeds:

  • Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Society – $25,000
  • Prince George New Hope Society – $100,000
  • Prince George School District – $20,000
  • Two Rivers Crime Prevention Society/Prince George Community Policing – $20,000

In addition, three North and Central British Columbia organizations are sharing $140,000 in proceeds.

Regional organizations receiving proceeds:

  • Carrier Sekani Family Services – $100,000
  • B.C. Teachers’ Federation – $20,000
  • College of New Caledonia – $20,000

“We must all work together to stop the cycle of violence and make sure women in rural and northern BC are safe, supported, and secure” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “Responding to the recommendations from the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry is a priority for our Government, with this funding supporting organizations in the North including the work of Carrier Sekani Family Services in ending violence against women in Northern British Columbia.”

“We know loud and clear that there is a need to support and protect vulnerable women,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “These grants advance the safety of our community, enhancing the outcomes of vulnerable women and youth.”

“We are committed to keep our communities safe and support vulnerable women as recommended in the Missing Women Commission Inquiry,” said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad. “This funding will go a long way in aiding community organizations that work in supporting women in our communities.”

The Province is investing more than $5 million in Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) proceeds to take further action on the Missing Women of Commission Inquiry (MWCI) recommendations and support the prevention of violence against women and youth crime prevention initiatives.

The provincial government continues to make significant progress on responding to the MWCI report, with today’s funds helping to take meet four more recommendations and take further action on two others, including the evaluation of SisterWatch and funding to support the safety of vulnerable aboriginal women and girls as they transition from rural to urban communities.

British Columbia is one of two provinces that pioneered the use of civil forfeiture in Canada to deter unlawful activity by taking away instruments and proceeds of it. The Civil Forfeiture Office is self-funding and proceeds of forfeited property are used to compensate victims and support local crime prevention and remediation efforts through the use of grants. Since its inception in 2006, the Civil Forfeiture Office has now given back $16 million to community crime prevention organizations and police departments.

Learn More:

B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/civilforfeiture

The Province’s Status Report on FORSAKEN – The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/public_inquiries/docs/BCGovStatusReport.pdf