Ontario Strengthening Victim Services in Northumberland-Peterborough South

Published on April 22, 2020

Victim Services of Peterborough & Northumberland will receive $61,500 as part of one-time emergency
payment from the Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is taking emergency action to address the recent spike in domestic violence reported by victim
services organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.


The government of Ontario is providing an emergency payment of more than $2.7 million to support
services for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes in response to the evolving public
health crisis and challenges victim service providers are facing.


Victim Services of Peterborough and Northumberland (VSPN) will receive $61,500.00 as part of this
one-time emergency payment in addition to its annual funding allocation from the Ministry of the
Attorney General.


This one-time emergency payment will help front-line staff respond to challenges caused by the COVID19 crisis and quadruple the immediate supports available for accommodation, meals and transportation
through the Victim Quick Response Plus Program (VQRP+).


“During this public health crisis, staying at home is not always the safest option in certain households and
sadly a recent increase in domestic violence has been reported to front-line victim service organizations,”
said MPP David Piccini. “This emergency payment will ensure victims of crime, particularly those who
are experiencing domestic violence, get the help they need to stay safe and healthy during this crisis.”


“We are incredibly thankful for the boost in support provided by the Attorney General,” said Emily
Poulin, Executive Director. “Victim Services of Peterborough and Northumberland has seen an influx in
cases—mostly relating to domestic violence—and staff have been stepping up to ensure victims continue
to have access to supports, such as the Victim Quick Response Program Plus. We want people to know
help is here and available.”


This additional one-time emergency payment will help more than 50 community agencies across Ontario,
including victim crisis assistance organizations (VCAOs), Indigenous organizations and those
based in rural areas, stay operational and accessible to victims during the public health crisis. Funds will
help front-line staff respond to challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis and enhance access to
immediate supports for victims, including extended hotels stays, and transportation and meal vouchers
available through the Victim Quick Response Program Plus (VQRP+).