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CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Minister MacKay Visits YWCA of Moncton

Organization Receives Funding to Host Event During National Victims of Crime Awareness Week in April

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK -- (Marketwired) -- 02/20/14 -- Department of Justice Canada

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today at 2:30 PM ET.

Minister of Justice Peter MacKay, accompanied by Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice Robert Goguen, today visited the YWCA of Moncton, and announced the organization has received funding from the Department of Justice Canada to host an event during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (Victims Week), to be held from April 6-12, 2014.

The mission of the YWCA of Moncton is to support and empower women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster independence, wellness, and equity for all. The organization provides a range of services and programs, including violence prevention programs and supportive housing programs.

The organization has received funding of $6,336 to host a one-day conference in support of Victims Week for the YWCA's Young Women's Collective and Girls' Council, focused on victims of sexual assaults. The conference will include workshops and guest speakers, and is designed to increase the awareness, skills, and commitment from those in attendance, to take action.

Quick Facts

--  The goal of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (Victims Week) is
    to raise awareness about issues facing victims of crime and the
    services, programs and laws in place to help victims and their families.

--  Victims Week 2014 will take place from April 6-12, 2014, and the theme
    is "Taking Action."

--  Funding for National Victims of Crime Awareness Week projects is
    provided through the Department of Justice's Victims Fund. The Victims
    Fund provides support to projects and activities that encourage the
    development of new approaches, promote access to justice, improve the
    capacity of service providers, foster the establishment of referral
    networks, or increase awareness of services available to victims of
    crime and their families. Please note that all funding for Victims Week
    2014 has been allocated.

--  Since 2006, the Government of Canada has allocated more than $120
    million to give victims a more effective voice in the criminal justice
    system through initiatives delivered by the Department of Justice
    Canada.

Quotes

"Organizations such as the YWCA of Moncton are important cornerstones of our communities, as they provide services and support directly to those who need it most on a daily basis. This organization and others like it right across the country embody the theme of this year's Victims Week, "Taking Action." All of the YWCA's professionals and volunteers are true examples of how taking action can not only lead to safer communities and streets for all Canadians, but also help and support victims as they heal."

Peter MacKay

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"The YWCA has been an important member of our community here in Moncton - reaching out and providing resources to women and children who are vulnerable. This support will allow the organization to continue their work and more importantly, raise awareness about victims of sexual assault. We wish them continued success."

Robert Goguen

Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice

Associated Links

- Department of Justice Canada's Policy Centre for Victim Issues

- Department of Justice Canada's Victims Fund

- National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

Follow Department of Justice Canada on Twitter (@JusticeCanadaEn), join us on Facebook or visit our YouTube channel.

Contacts:
Paloma Aguilar
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice
613-992-4621

Media Relations Office
Department of Justice
613-957-4207

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