THUNDER BAY — As part of a province-wide investment aimed at supporting survivors of intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and child exploitation, the Thunder Bay Police Service will receive $72,300 for local programming.
On Thursday, the provincial government announced a $4-million investment across the province that will be delivered through the Victim Support Grant Program.
“This investment will deeply impact our community, providing crucial support to victims of domestic violence and exploitation,” said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Kevin Holland in a statement. “The collaboration between the Thunder Bay Police service and Faye Peterson House will foster a safer and more supportive system for those affected in Thunder Bay.”
The funding to the Thunder Bay Police Service will focus on intimate partner or domestic violence survivors through a victim-centred and trauma-informed approach in collaboration with the Faye Peterson House.
A part-time victim specialist will be hired and act as a liaison between the victim and the police service and advocate on their behalf throughout the investigation process.
Training will also be provided to Thunder Bay Police Service officers relating to understanding a trauma-informed approach, building rapport with survivors, and providing better supports to survivors of intimate partner violence.
“Support for victims and survivors is a crucial first step to recovery,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “This important grant is part of our government’s plan to combat violent crime on our streets and ensure that victims are not left behind.”
The Victim Support Grant is part of the province’s $307-million anti-human trafficking strategy and guns, gangs, and violence reduction strategy.