Southwest Alberta Sharing Provincial Money to Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

Money will be used for counselling, outreach, and education services targeting seven underserved regions of the province including Lethbridge, Cardston, Taber, and Pincher Creek.

The province is expanding front-line services across Alberta with an $8.1 million investment in the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), to ensure survivors who take the brave step to come forward have the supports they need. Sexual assault centres and law enforcement are reporting increased demand for counselling services throughout Alberta. Stephanie McLean, Minister of Status of Women says courageous women in Alberta and around the world are finally breaking their silence and sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment. She notes the province is taking action – funding more counselling and helping people navigate the court and police systems so all survivors are supported on their healing journey. Sexual violence refers to any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. Government works across ten ministries with agencies and community organizations across the province to prevent sexual violence, support survivors and ensure the social, justice, health and educational systems respond to survivors. $6.2 million will come from Community and Social Services (CSS), for increased counselling, outreach and education services, and to develop a Collaborative Community Response Model targeting seven underserved regions in the province:

South West – Lethbridge, Cardston, Taber, Pincher Creek;
North West – High Level, High Prairie, Peavine, Rainbow Lake, Fort Vermillion;
North East – Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Janvier;
North Central – Wabasca, Slave Lake, Athabasca;
Central West – Hinton, Jasper, Edson;
Central East – Bonnyville, Cold Lake, St. Paul, Lac La Biche;
Bow Valley – Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise

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