Clarington taking action to support victims of intimate partner violence

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Published February 27, 2024 at 2:08 pm

Clarington is implementing measures to give individuals and families affected by the intimate partner violence epidemic the support they need with a series of measures to help create a safe, diverse and inclusive community.

The municipality declared intimate party violence an ‘epidemic’ in 2023 but “words are not enough,” said Mayor Adrian Foster.

“Clarington is taking real steps to address intimate partner violence,” Foster said. “The significant increase in the need for assistance is deeply disturbing. We can’t afford not to take action. I’m proud that Clarington is launching these initiatives to support victims of intimate partner violence in our community. This could save lives.”

This year, Clarington will:

  • Provide training to front-line staff to recognize IPV and provide referrals to supports and resources the victims may need.
  • Identify and create safe and private spaces in libraries and at community centres where people experiencing IPV can contact shelters, police and victim services for support and guidance.
  • Post information and resources in recreation facility washrooms and community message boards.
  • Host age-appropriate community awareness programs to address IPV. These programs will continue into 2025.
  • Partner with Durham Region Police Service and the Region of Durham to promote awareness of IPV, and the supports available for those who need them.
  • Create a new funding stream in the Community Funding Program to support community safety programs including IPV, particularly in rural areas. Funding would be made available starting in 2025.
  • Continue to advocate to the Region of Durham for expanded transportation services, and to cellular and high-speed internet service providers for improved services, so that residents who wish to access IPV-related supports can do so safer and faster.

Bethesda House Executive Director Laura Burch “commends” Clarington’s “proactive measures and steadfast dedication to fostering a culture of respect, prevention, and support” for IPV survivors.

“We are fortunate to have Clarington’s support for our work in IPV prevention and helping our clients.”

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