Ontario is taking emergency action to address the recent spike in domestic violence reported by victims services organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.
The government of Ontario is providing an emergency payment of more than $2.7 million to support services for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes in response to the evolving public health crisis and challenges victim service providers are facing.
Chatham-Kent Victim Services will receive $38,125 in addition to its annual funding allocation from the Ministry of the Attorney General.
“This emergency payment will ensure victims of crime, particularly those who are experiencing domestic violence, get the help they need to stay safe and healthy during this crisis,” said Rick Nicholls, MPP Chatham-Kent-Leamington, in a media release.
“Staying home is unfortunately not always the safest option in certain households and sadly a recent increase in domestic violence has been reported to front-line victim service organizations,” said Attorney General Doug Downey.
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.