NationTalk: The Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality, today announced the awarding of $100,000 to the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Journey Project.
This funding will increase access to trauma-informed legal support for survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence in marginalized populations, with a particular focus on Indigenous and newcomer communities.
The funding is being provided through the National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence.
As part of this funding, legal information materials aimed at survivors will be translated to include both dialects of Innu-Aimun, Inuktitut, Arabic, Dari, and Ukrainian. Funds will also be used to translate The Journey Project website into French.
In operation since 2017, the Journey Project exists to strengthen justice supports for survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence throughout Newfoundland and Labrador by providing individualized support, legal system navigation and free legal advice.
The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to educating Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about the law, with the intent of increasing access to justice in the province.
“Supporting initiatives aimed at reaching those at risk of sexual violence or intimate partner violence is not just a moral duty, but a collective responsibility. By standing together against these forms of harm, we are strengthening the pillars of safety, justice and dignity for all residents of our province.”
Honourable Pam Parsons
Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality
“The Provincial Government is committed to ensuring that survivors and individuals at risk of sexual or intimate partner violence continue to have access to legal information and support. This funding will play a key role in supporting the Journey Project to offer more inclusive services, particularly to vulnerable individuals residing in the province. Engagement with community partners, in addition to existing provincial programs, enhances options for a fulsome response.”
Honourable John Hogan, KC
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General
“This funding will contribute to the sustainability of The Journey Project and allow us to enhance our provincial outreach to marginalized communities impacted by sexual violence and intimate partner violence. We look forward to continuing to increase the accessibility of our services in support of survivors as they navigate the legal system.”
Team Coordinator, Journey Project
Office of Women and Gender Equality
National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence
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