News Release Archive

The  Victims' Services Funding Program of the Nova Scotia
Department of Justice is seeking proposals from community
organizations that deliver services to victims of crime.

Each year the program provides short-term project funding to
incorporated, not-for-profit, organizations to develop resources
and programs that benefit victims of crime.  This year the 
program has $350,000 available to support community projects.
Priority areas are child abuse, sexual assault and family

"This program not only assists victims of crime, but it also
strengthens the human  resource base of communities throughout
the province," said Justice Minister Bill Gillis.  "The work that
these groups take on is a valuable community service.  They do a
wonderful job," he added.

Since the beginning of the program in 1991, 47 projects have been
funded, totalling approximately $1.7 million. Projects cover a
broad range of community activities, from the training of lay
church people to provide support to victims of abuse; to
coordinating community agencies to work together to better serve
crime victims; to conducting needs assessments to help
agencies develop an action plan for dealing with the issue of
family violence.

The program is funded through the victim fine surcharge
provisions of the Nova Scotia Victims' Rights and Services Act
and the Criminal Code.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 1995.

Groups seeking assistance in making an application are encouraged
to contact Phyllis Price, coordinator of community programming
and research, Victims' Services Division, Nova Scotia Department
of Justice, P.O. Box 7, Halifax, N.S. , B3J 2L6. Call (902)

Contact: Phyllis Price,(902) 424-8785.
         Peter Spurway, (902) 424-6811
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