Victims of crime will get some more support thanks to a $363,000 investment from the provincial government. 

Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced the funding last week, saying the Nipissing District has been “historically underserved” in funding for victim support. 

“This historic investment in supporting victims of crime in Nipissing region will address the gap in services that our region has experienced for far too long,” stated Fedeli. “Our government will continue to stand up for victims of crime in our region and invest in the growth of safer communities.”

Kathleen Jodouin, Executive Director of the Victim Services of Nipissing District, says the funding will allow victims of crime in northern Ontario equal access to services will have 24/7 access to support. 

“Since the onset of COVID- 19 there have been increased reports in cases of criminal activities, such as fraud and intimate partner violence, and we want victims to know they do not need to remain in a dangerous situation,” said Jodouin. “Thanks to this investment from the Ontario Government to expand our services, it will ensure people in small, rural, and northern communities, are able to reach out for help and receive the immediate support that is vital to helping them heal and rebuild their lives.”

Survivors of sexual assault will also have access to up to four hours of free legal advice beginning May 1. The service was initially a pilot project in Toronto, Ottawa and Thunder Bay. 

The province will be working with the rest of Ontario’s victim services network to implement the new supports, which will include legal advice over the phone or through video.