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Governments announce funding for victims of crime in territory

The Canadian and Yukon governments announced increased funding for victims of crime and child protection programs in the territory over the weekend.

By Ainslie Cruickshank on January 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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HELPING THE INNOCENT – Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announces the latest funding for crime victims Saturday morning at the Elijah Smith Building.

The Canadian and Yukon governments announced increased funding for victims of crime and child protection programs in the territory over the weekend.

Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was in Whitehorse on Saturday to announce that the federal government is providing $600,000 over two years for victim services and programs in the Yukon.

“Our government is committed to helping victims of crime,” Toews said in a press release.

“Today, we are improving access to the services and programs victims need while they navigate the criminal justice system.

“This investment is substantial; it will help Yukon respond to the unique needs of victims of crime who live in the territory.”

The monies announced Saturday were on top of $1.5 million already committed for the implementation of the territory’s Victims of Crime Strategy.

The funding will be used to enhance services for victims of crime, including in the communities, for policy development and research, a victims of crime emergency fund, and development of collaborative services for child and youth victims and witnesses.

In an interview Sunday morning, Yukon Justice Minister Mike Nixon said some of the funding will be filtered to the territorial Women’s Directorate, likely to continue the Am I the Solution? campaign to end violence against women.

“The nice thing about that campaign too it’s not just Whitehorse and that’s the intention of all of the money that there’s as much focus put on the communities when needed as there is in Whitehorse, so there are no gaps,” he said.

Nixon also announced a new partnership between the Yukon government and the Canadian Center for Child Protection.

The centre is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians.

Over three years YTG will contribute $75,000 to the child protection organization to help distribute and promote a number of its programs in the Yukon.

Starting on Safer Internet Day on Feb. 5, the government and the centre will launch a public awareness campaign promoting Cybertip.ca, a website designed to prevent the online sexual exploitation of children.

In 2012, Cybertip received almost 20,000 reports, 45.8 per cent of which were forwarded either to the police, child welfare agencies or Internet hotlines.

More than 120 arrests have reportedly been made in connection with Cybertip and at least 50 children have been taken out of abusive environments, according to statistics provided with a press release.

“Building connections with the people and community partners in rural areas is always a challenge,” said Yukon MP Ryan Leef.

“This funding will allow the territory’s victim service providers to reach out to those rural communities most in need.”

The federal government has allocated more than $90 million over the past six years for initiatives that benefit victims of crime. Funds are available to provinces, territories and non-governmental organizations for programs and services that give victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system.

As well, Economic Action Plan 2012 committed an additional $5 million over five years for new or enhanced Child Advocacy Centres, bringing the total federal commitment to Child Advocacy Centres to $10.25 million.

“The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is thrilled to be partnering with the Yukon government,” said Lianna McDonald, the centre’s executive director.

“We believe that the protection of children is the responsibility of everyone. By engaging Yukoners, together we can help build a safer and brighter tomorrow for every child.”

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Jackie Ward

Jan 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Am I the solution? It’s always the man’s problem isn’t it? Where’s the talk of women who abuse men? I was abused by my ex-girlfriend. But you don’t care. The women are always the victim, always. The women always gets the kids. The man always pays.

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