Enhancing police response to sexual violence
Ontario is supporting people who have experienced sexual assault through a program that builds partnerships between community and justice partners, front-line victim service providers and police services across the province.
“Promoting a compassionate and effective police response is one of many measures our government is taking to help more survivors of sexual violence feel comfortable coming forward. This funding will help ensure a survivor-centred and effective investigative approach as these cases are brought forward and work their way through the justice system,” said Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Fifteen two-year pilot projects have been selected that will provide a more compassionate, sensitive response when survivors of sexual violence come forward and report their experiences.
Government officials say the projects will also enhance police investigative practices, with a goal of building stronger cases and improving justice system outcomes.
This initiative is part of It’s Never Okay, Ontario’s ground-breaking action plan to end sexual violence and harassment, and also supports Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women.
Ontario has allocated $1.795 million over two years to support 15 police pilot projects, with report-back requirements at specific milestones.
The next call for applications is expected to be issued to police services in spring 2018.