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Grant allows victims services to help more people

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Victim services agencies will now be able to help more people in Grande Prairie. The province has given an additional $4.5 million from the Victims of Crime fund to groups in seven different Alberta municipalities so that they can expand their services.

Funding for groups in Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat will be increased from $150,000 to $300,000 per unit in 2018-19 as well as over the next three years.

Former President of Alberta Police Based Victim Services Brian Turpin says the money will be used to hire more staff and offer more services to users.

“This new funding announcement will have a huge, positive impact on the lives of victims of crime in Alberta. The additional funding for victim service units across the province will afford them the ability to hire additional staff as well as enhance the already indispensable services they currently offer toward supporting victims, survivors and their families.”

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The money will also go towards addressing the complex needs of domestic violence survivors, purchasing screens and performing upgrades to courtrooms across the province so victims don’t have to sit in court and will help to expand services and supports for indigenous victims.

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