Tuesday, November 25th1.4°C
24124
22968

Forfeitures aid Elizabeth Fry

A new program initiated through the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society will get a kick start thanks to a grant through the Civil Forfeiture Office.

The province announced the $70,000 grant Monday morning.

Society Executive Director, Michelle Novakowski, says the money will be used for a new unit in cooperation with the RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Corrections and other community members.

"This money is going to be part of developing an imbeded unit where we can have our specialized victim assistance worker at the (RCMP) detachment working with a team of police, victim services and child protection that is looking at interventions around those extremely high risk cases," says Novakowski.

"We at one point had one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Canada according to Stats Canada. Part of that is reporting but we also are looking at the highest risk where there is a risk of homicide or severe bodily harm."

Novakowski says the unit will look at interventions that keep the family safe while also keeping the offender monitored and accountable in an effort to reduce the risk.

"It's a fairly new thing that is happening in BC. This will be one of the first embedded units with a community based victim service in BC."

The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society also received $24,250 to be used in West Kelowna.

Novakowski says those funds are for a similar program.

"West Kelowna doesn't have the number of RCMP members to do an embedded unit in the same way, but they have offered us space at the detachment and we are also looking at renting space in West Kelowna," says Novakowski.

"About 30 per cent of our clients come from there anyway and it has always been a problem for women to get here and for us to get there. We did some research last year...and now we are going to start putting in some part-time supports over there for women who have difficulty getting to downtown Kelowna."

A further $20,000 was earmarked for the Kelowna RCMP to establish a Domestic Violence Unit in Kelowna.

 

COMMENTS WELCOME

Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.



Read more Kelowna News

21668


Recent Trending



23744

20009




FEATURED Property
19824112212 Gulley Road
3 bedrooms 2 baths
$799,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading








22911

Kelowna SPCA Featured Pet

Tinga
Tinga Kelowna SPCA >




20327



24160



Okanagan Quick Links City of Kelowna
Airport Arrivals
Airport Departures
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Transit
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Tourism Kelowna
Central Okanagan
Regional District

District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
Interior Health
UBC Okanagan
Okanagan College
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library


Kelowna City Council Audio
Audio
November 10, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Live broadcasts, archives, schedule >


Member of BC Press Council
22864