Local organizations benefit from provincial civil forfeiture grants

SURREY – Surrey organizations will benefit from $278,239 of funding from the province’s civil forfeiture grant program to put towards violence prevention, community and youth crime prevention and restorative justice projects.

Organizations receiving funding:

  • Surrey Women’s Centre Society – $40,000
  • City of Surrey –  $47,600
  • Pacific Community Resources Society – $19,730
  • Board of Education of School District No. 36 (Surrey) – $20,000
  • The Centre For Child Development of the Lower Mainland – $44,000
  • Police Victim Services of BC – $90,000
  • Sikh Academy – $17,000

This year, the priority focus for civil forfeiture grants is on initiatives that address violence against women, and support the Violence Free BC strategy.  Other areas where funding supported included restorative justice,  community and youth crime prevention, police education and training and specialized crime prevention equipment. A total of $5 million dollars was distributed around BC in this round of grants.

Violence Free BC is the provincial government’s long-term strategy and commitment to end violence against women. Acting as a roadmap, Violence Free BC combines immediate actions with a long-term vision to end the violence, and to support women whose lives and well-being have been impacted by violence.  In future years, a portion of civil forfeiture funds will be dedicated to support the Violence Free BC strategy.

Quotes:

Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale

“We want to help women escape violent situations and experience life free of abuse and tragedy, which is why a majority of this civil forfeiture funding is going directly to organizations that support vulnerable women. “By using these proceeds of crime, we are able to fund crime prevention initiatives in our goal to create a violence-free B.C.”

Amrik Virk, MLA for Surrey-Tynehead

“Our government is committed to preventing violence against women. This funding gives back in ways that make our communities and families stronger and will help make our region a safer.”

Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood

“These funds — once the proceeds of crime — are now being used to help people in our communities. This money is especially meaningful to those individuals and families who suffered because of those crimes.”

Gerard Bremault, Chief Executive Officer, The Centre for Child Development, Child Development Foundation of British Columbia & Sophie’s Place

“I would like to express our sincere thanks to the Province of British Columbia for all its ongoing support for child victims of abuse with especial thanks for recent additional support through its 2015 Civil Forfeiture Grant allocations.  Sophie’s Place is proud as a result of this support to be able to host an upcoming provincial conference and webcast to over 200 front line service providers featuring presenters from across Canada and the US providing state of the art knowledge on working with child victims of abuse and the role of Child Advocacy Centres in enhancing collaborative practices to mitigate the impacts of trauma.  Additionally, this support will advance the application of increasingly sophisticated technology to assist the Sophie’s Place Team directly in supporting children and youth.”

Sonya BoyceExecutive DirectorSurrey Women’s Centre

“The funds will be used to support our Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART) – a 24-hour crisis response for women and girls who require medical attention after a sexual assault.  SMART intervenes  during a critical window of opportunity. We make sure sure that women and girls  get urgent medical treatment including the collection of forensic evidence. We also help them navigate emergency medical, legal and social services immediately after a sexual assault.”