Abbotsford – Community organizations working to safeguard vulnerable young people from gang involvement and protect victims of domestic, sexual and other forms of violence in Abbotsford will benefit from $133,107 in government grants supporting public safety priorities.
This is part of a nearly $7.2 million province-wide investment— the largest-ever one-time grants investment in community crime prevention in B.C. — combining $5.5 million in provincial Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) proceeds and $1.69 million from criminal forfeiture proceeds.
- Abbotsford Community Services:
- $23,107 for ‘Sexually Exploited Youth Outreach Project.’ This project will fund additional hours for the existing Outreach Worker to connect vulnerable youth at risk of exploitation with services and supports in the Abbotsford area, focusing on the most vulnerable youth from 12 to 18 years of age.
- $70,000 for ‘Victim Services Program Staffing Enhancement.’ Funding will be used to enhance the Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) in Abbotsford for frontline victim services, training for DVU members and community partners, and clinical supervision and self-care for victim service workers.
- $100,000 for ‘Youth Gang Prevention with Female Youth.’ This project will aim to increase the capacity of the South Asian Community Resource Office youth gang prevention and intervention work with South Asian females aged 12-18 years old.
- Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association:
- $20,000 for ‘Restorative Justice for Victims – Enhancing Capacity and Crown Referrals Project.’ The organization will work closely with Abbotsford Crown to offer services for more serious and complex cases.
- $5,000 for ‘Crime Prevention Through Mentoring.’ Funding will support a mentoring program for at-risk youth who are getting into conflict at school and with the law.
“The Civil Forfeiture Office is doing what it is designed to do – taking away the tools and proceeds of crime, and putting them back into programs that support community crime prevention and safety,” Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas said. “With this funding, these organizations will be able to reach out to vulnerable and at-risk people and offer them protection and services.”
In all, more than 250 projects and programs throughout the province will receive a one-time grant. Nearly $2 million is dedicated to gang and youth crime prevention, and more than $3.5 million will go to community services that address violence against women and girls. The remainder will support training and education for frontline victims service workers, police training and special equipment, and restorative justice.
This year a new stream of civil forfeiture grants is dedicated to programs focused on sexual assault, including responses to sexual assault on post-secondary campuses. This builds on our Vision for a Violence Free BC, the Province’s long-term strategy to end all forms of violence against women.