March 16, 2009
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - An outreach program designed to improve women's access to critical support and services will soon be available in the Kennebecasis Valley, thanks to an investment of $50,000 made by the Government of New Brunswick. Social Development Minister and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Mary Schryer made the announcement at an event today in Quispamsis.
"Developing a co-ordinated and comprehensive response to address violence against women is central to moving forward," said Schryer. "Outreach problems such as the one announced today, whose workers are on the front lines assisting and advising victims of abuse and giving them the support and access to services they need in order to get help, are fundamental to our success."
The Province of New Brunswick's plan to address violence against women, entitled A Better World for Women: Moving Forward 2005-2010, identifies as a priority issue outreach programs for women who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault. The goal of the programs is to ensure that women living in or leaving abusive relationships have access to the support they need.
"Outreach workers play an important role in the well-being of our communities," said Schryer. "They are out there on the front lines assisting and advising women victims of abuse, and giving them the support and access to services they need to get help."
The Kennebacasis Valley will be the 14th area to implement outreach services. The others are: Kent County, the Chaleur region, the Beauséjour region, the Miramichi area, the Acadian Peninsula, Moncton, Saint John, Sussex, Charlotte County, Woodstock, Edmundston, Campbellton, and the Fredericton area. Each program is tailored to reflect the needs of women in the specific community.
"Outreach programs such as this one are an essential resource for victims of violence, guiding them to the services they need," said Schryer. "Our government is committed to helping communities provide this vital service to New Brunswick women."
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