Two organizations in Mission received funding from the province’s civil forfeiture program as part of B.C.’s Violence Free BC strategy.
Mission RCMP received $28,050 to support the creation of Purple Rain, a pilot project within the RCMP focusing on domestic abuse. Their mandate is to provide oversight of offenders within the community, enhance victim safety and reduce further incidents of domestic violence in partnership with other community organizations.
“The target team’s objective will be to reach out to hundreds of victims or potential victims of domestic violence in a meaningful fashion, and connect them with supports and services provided by our community partners,” said Mission RCMP’s domestic violence co-ordinator Const. Christine Day.
“We will also be able to establish contact, oversight, and support for numerous offenders. Hopefully by offering this type of outreach we will be able to connect the people with the appropriate services that will assist them to break free of the cycle of violence.”
The Mission Friendship Centre’s Sisters Against Violent Experience program was also given $20,000. The program provides assistance to women who have experienced violence or abuse.
“It takes an entire community to take a stand against domestic violence,” said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson, who made the funding announcement Monday. “We need to prevent abuse from happening in the first place and help victims get past destructive relationships.”
This year, the B.C. government’s priority focus for civil forfeiture grants is on initiatives that address violence against women, and support the Violence Free BC strategy.