Money for Domestic Violence Programs

March 10 2006

The province is putting up $573,000 for domestic violence programs in Manitoba with a focus on children.

Attorney General Gord Mackintosh says kids exposed to domestic violence are at greater risk to either be violent themselves, or to tolerate it from others later in life.

Another strategy for combating the problem for families is the domestic violence intervention unit.  A five person team connecting police and social workers so they can take action before a volatile relationship escalates into something more.

Belinda Vandenbroeck of the Wahbung Abinoonjiiag family counselling program says the province is focusing their support where it should be, on the children.  Vandenbroeck also hopes the violence intervention unit will make it easier for victims to get access to programs such as what they provide.