Cuts to the Family Court Support Worker Program Hurts Vulnerable Women: NDP
Queen’s Park – During Question Period yesterday, Peggy Sattler, New Democrat MPP for London West, challenged Premier Wynne on funding cuts made to the provincial Family Court Support Worker Program, which provides services to survivors of violence as they navigate the legal system.
“One of the essential programs that helps vulnerable women stop the cycle of violence is the Family Court Support Worker Program, which provides specialized services such as safety planning, preparing for court and assisting women to file restraining orders,” said Sattler.
“Through a Freedom of Information request I’ve learned that the Premier and her government reduced funding for this already underfunded, but highly effective, program.”
Premier Wynne failed to acknowledge the cuts made to the program.
“There has been no increased investment in the Family Court Support Worker Program,” said Sattler.
“Women and community advocates have told me repeatedly about how effective the program is in helping women leave abusive relationships, which is why demand for the program has been increasing,” said Sattler. “The government’s own briefing notes speak to the success of the program. Cutting funding just doesn’t make sense, especially when it’s vulnerable women who are paying the price.”
Sattler made her comments on December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
“As we remember the 14 women who died at l’École Polytechnique, we also recognize the many women in Ontario who struggle to flee from violence and abuse,” she said.
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