Thanks to the Mee Too movement and Time’s Up, the executive director of the Haven Society says governments appear to be listening to women’s issues.
Recently, both the provincial and federal budgets announced small amounts of money aimed directly at women.
Anne Taylor says they would like to see some improvements in sexual assault services for women in B.C.
She points to a relatively new program in Victoria, where there’s a full service sexual assault centre complete with forensic nurses and crisis support workers so victims don’t have to go through the triage process at the hospital anymore.
Taylor says that model is a really good one and she’s hoping to see a small program the Haven Society has for women experiencing sexual violence expand ……
In the recent provincial budget, the government allocated 18 million dollars to services that provide outreach and counselling support for women and children affected by violence.
Among other women’s programming, in the Federal budget, a set of initiatives to deal with gender-based violence, sexual assault and harassment will receive 187 million over the next five years.