The Okanagan Nation Emergency Transition House received some financial support from the Ministry of Children and Family Development the Ministry announced recently.
The transition house will receive $10,000 from the Ministry and the subsidy is going towards the cost of transportation to a safe home, a doctor’s appointment or lawyer meeting, or fly a high-risk client out of the community.
The funding will also support costs for medical and legal services, important documents like identification, clothing and personal items if a woman or child have to leave a home quickly.
The subsidy is part of the provincial government’s second and third-year commitments under the three-year, $5.5-million Provincial Domestic Violence Plan to provide direct services for Aboriginal children, youth and families in rural and remote communities.
“It is imperative that we provide victims of domestic violence the supports they need to escape this vicious cycle,” said Dan Ashton, Penticton MLA. “This funding will help Aboriginal women and their children feel safe and provide some of the assistance necessary to help put their lives back together.”
The funding helps the Okanagan Nation Family Intervention and Services Society to help improve programs and services and make them more accessible to the Aboriginal women and children who need them.