MEMBER UPDATE: April 2, 1:00PM

Ontario to Offer Supports for Crime Victims

Ontario’s Attorney General Doug Downey announced emergency action to support victims of crime and protect front-line staff who continue to uphold the administration of justice in response to COVID-19.

The government of Ontario will offer a $2.7 million payment to support services for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes during the COVID-19 crisis.

This additional one-time emergency payment should help over 50 community agencies across Ontario, including victim crisis assistance organizations (VCAOs), Indigenous organizations and those based in rural areas, stay operational and accessible to victims during the public health crisis. Funds will help front-line staff respond to challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis and enhance access to immediate supports for victims, including extended hotels stays, and transportation and meal vouchers available through the Victim Quick Response Program Plus (VQRP+).

The Province is also working closely with justice partners to ensure critical services continue while keeping essential front-line workers and all Ontarians safe.

To learn more about how you can take advantage of funding from the Province of Ontario, reach out to us today at member.support@onpha.org.