SURREY â€” In an effort to address violence against women in Surrey, the federal government has donated $250,000 to the Surrey Womenâ€™s Centre (SWC) Society to improve services for females who have experienced physical and sexual assault.
The funding was announced Friday at a press conference by Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Nina Grewal.
â€œOur government is committed to protecting women and girls from violence,â€ said Leitch. â€œThat is why we are holding offenders accountable for their actions, and supporting community-based projects across Canada that address violence against women.â€
The SWC, located in Whalley, offers counselling services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and other forms of violence. The $250,000 will go toward increasing medical, legal and social intervention for victims.
â€œWe are very pleased to have this Government of Canada support for our project, which will increase safety in our community by improving the co-ordination of care for women and girls who experience gender-based violence,â€ said Sonya Boyce, executive director of the SWC. She added that until now, there has not been an effective network of these services in the region.
According to the SWCâ€™s website, women who are assaulted are less likely to report the violence to the police or seek medical treatment than victims of other crimes.
â€œMost women suffer silently or rely on family and friends for support,â€ reads the site. â€œToo often many are left without the immediate emotional support and practical assistance they desperately need.â€
Since 2007, more than $62 million has been approved by the federal government for projects to end violence against women.
â€œGender-based violence is a pervasive issue that touches us all,â€ said Grewal. â€œThrough this project, the Surrey Womenâ€™s Centre Society is providing effective, targeted, and community-based support to address violence against women and girls across the region.â€