Grande Prairie’s Pace (Providing Assistance, Counselling, and Education) is set to receive $91,000 from the province to provide support to survivors of sexual violence in the region.
The announcement comes shortly after the province announced $1.2 million in supports on May 25 for sexual violence survivors to expand frontline supports in rural areas provincewide.
“It can be harder for survivors in rural areas to access these vital supports, which is why this funding ensures organizations like Pace can provide enhanced supports and services for survivors of sexual violence in our region,” said Grande Prairie-Wapiti MLA Travis Toews.
The funding will help Pace develop the organization's skills, knowledge, and resources to deal with crisis, post-traumatic stress, sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and suicide.
“Alberta’s government understands how critical it is for survivors of sexual violence to have access to quality front-line services in the communities they call home,” said Tracy Allard, MLA Grande Prairie.
Pace has been operating in Grande Prairie since 1980 and has satellite offices in Peace River, High Level, High Prairie, and Valleyview.
A study from the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) says that up to 43 per cent of Albertans will experience at least one incident of sexual violence in their lifetime.
The $1.2 million in provincial funding is being distributed between 15 agencies and the AASAS, based on a percentage of annual grant allocations to all provincially-funded sexual assault centres.
The provincial budget has allocated approximately 12.6 million for sexual violence prevention.
Of the $1.2 million recently announced, the Hinton Friendship Centre is to receive $192,000, and Dragonfly Counselling and Support Centre in Bonnyville is set to receive $180,000 to expand their geographical areas of service.
To connect with supports for sexual violence survivors, you can call Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence at 1-866-403-8000.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News