The Province of Ontario has advocated $1.8 million toward 15 pilot projects aimed at improving police response to sexual violence and harassment.
The Barrie Police Service has received $139,363 for a focused Sexual Assault Advocacy Centre. Our Advocacy Centre will aim to effectively coordinate the systems response to trauma-informed investigations. This is a multifaceted seamless approach that will reduce the likelihood of trauma for victims. An advocate will be assigned to victims to help them navigate through the complexities of the court system- resulting in higher conviction rates.The services will be aimed towards survivors under the age of 24.
The Barrie Police Service and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions were involved in 934 joint investigations in 2016. These numbers only represent investigations involving those under the age of 16. “We have a responsibility for those victims and the Barrie police recognize that we need to expand our support to victims of crime. This is in line with that,” said Barrie Police Sergeant Valerie Gates.
There are over 800 Advocacy Centre’s in the United States and only six in Canada, ours will the seventh.
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