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March 28, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Justice Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects and activities that promote access to justice and increase awareness of services available to victims of crime and their families.

Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, along with the Honourable Jim Carr, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre and the Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Manitoba, announced that the Government of Canada is providing financial support to the Government of Manitoba Victim Services to enhance support for victims and to help address vicarious trauma for staff. Funding of $3,586,500 over five fiscal years began April 1, 2021, and is being provided through the federal Victims Fund.

This funding will enable the continued support and development of the Manitoba Justice Victim Services Wellness Program. The goal of this program is to address and mitigate the impacts of vicarious trauma experienced by staff working directly with victims of crime while also improving trauma informed care to prevent re-victimization during the legal process. The funding will also allow for the expansion of some Wellness Program services to support additional staff in the justice system.

Additionally, the funding will allow the Victim Services Branch of Manitoba Justice to enhance support to victims under the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. The funding will help reduce court-related costs for victims, and provide dedicated trauma-informed spaces for victims and families to use when at court.

The funding will also provide support to Victim Services Workers to address cultural safety in the justice system. In an effort to create and foster culturally safe spaces for victims and their families, specifically with an Indigenous cultural lens, services and supports are being extended to improve culturally safe programming. As a part of this initiative, Indigenous grandmothers, elders and other cultural supports will be available to provide support and guidance to victims as part of the court process.

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