The province is stepping in to help fund the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre so it can keep its doors open for the next two years.
The B.C. government is providing $200,00 to the clinic to go toward operating costs. The grant is through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
The centre, which opened in 2016, has been struggling since it relies solely on funding from grants and donors.
The centre provides counselling for women and transgender survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. It also has a clinic for crisis support, medical and forensic services, and options for police reporting of recent assaults.
I’m proud our government is stepping in to help the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre,” said Mitzi Dean, parliamentary secretary for gender equity. “For too long, the professionals at this centre have had to struggle to keep their doors open. Our government is committed to making life better for women and trans people who need support at a critical time in their lives.”
The B.C. government increased annual funding for counselling, outreach and crisis support for women and children who experience sexual assault and other crimes. Starting in 2018-19, annual funding increased by $5 million, which will be increased by an additional $3 million in 2020-21, a total increase of $18 million over three years.