PCs pledge $10 million to combat domestic violence and support survivors
WINNIPEG —Manitoba PCs are committed to combating domestic violence and ensuring the safety and well-being of women and girls in Manitoba with a comprehensive $10-million commitment to strengthen support and services for women fleeing abuse, Kevin Klein, PC candidate for Kirkfield Park, announced today.
“My mother tragically lost her life to her partner’s violence, and I hold a strong conviction that no woman should endure such suffering in silence. It is imperative that we extend unwavering support to survivors as they embark on their path to recovery. We must ensure that those who find themselves trapped and without recourse have a safe haven to turn to,” said Klein. “Reflecting on my own experiences, I yearn for a world where more comprehensive support is available, determined to prevent others from enduring the painful journey I have for years. The Progressive Conservatives remain steadfast in their commitment to championing the cause of crime and violence victims.”
As part of the funding commitment, $5 million would be directed to support expanding domestic violence and sexual assault counselling services in Manitoba, as well as a $5-million funding boost for women’s shelters across the province.
“As a police officer with three decades on the front lines, I’ve seen firsthand the brutal and devastating toll domestic abuse and sexual violence has on our communities and victims,” said Réjeanne Caron, PC candidate for Fort Rouge. “I’m proud to be part of a team that recognizes the urgency of this issue and will allocate more funding to support and empower women fleeing violence.”
Today’s commitment builds on past PC measures to support survivors, which has included funding for the Clan Mothers, an Indigenous-led grassroots organization working to build a healing lodge and housing for women recovering from sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking. In Budget 2023, the PCs allocated funding for the Family Violence Prevention Program, for nine women’s centres, and for programs to empower men and boys to actively contribute to the fight against sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
The provincial election will be held October 3rd, 2023.
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