Welcome news for women
By Teviah Moro
Local News - Wednesday, December 15, 2004 @ 07:00
Premier Dalton McGuinty’s action plan to help diffuse violence against women in Ontario is welcome news for front-line workers in Timmins.
Kathy Dionne hopes the four-year plan that earmarks $56 million to provide better community support for victims, including counselling and housing, will close the gaps that many victims of violence are falling through“I think there are a lot of cracks in the system now,” said Dionne, public education co-ordinator at Timmins and Area Women in Crisis.
Many women don’t qualify for shelters or social-assistance programs — factors that make them stay longer in abusive situations, she said.
If the province’s funding package is new money, it could be good news for front-line service providers in the fight against domestic violence, said Carole-Anne Fournier, spokesperson for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane-Timiskaming branch.
But breaking the cycle of violence is a tough nut to crack, she said.
Among the factors that make abused women stick it out as long as they do is the financial support a relationship offers.
Paying rent and bills and providing for her children can be challenging for a woman living on a single income, or worse, welfare, Fournier said.
“It’s a big decision to leave. The system is not set up to make it easy for anybody to escape a violent relationship,” she said.
Note: Timmins Ontario is probably one of the most corrupt towns in Ontario with most of the corruption linked to one single feminazi who holds key power and influence in the town, the same person can have almost anyone arrested.
Check www.Timmins101.com for further information on the corrupt Judge Richard Lajoie, Lawyer Joanne Barber and Timmins Police officiers Paul Bonhomme and Jim Maire both of whom are unconvicted criminals working for the Timmins police.
Timmins Police officers one ran a famous brothel and call girl operation that came undone when it attempted to recruit the high school student daughter of a well known individual.
A former Chief of the Timmins Police Joe Harwood was the prime suspect in the murder of his wife. No one was ever charged in that murder even though witnesses saw Joe Harwood enter and leave the building before and after she was murdered. Naturally, those witnesses were never interviewed by the Timmins Police.