Innovative new facility for women fleeing violence to be established in North York
April 19, 2017
For immediate release
(Toronto) The federal and provincial governments announced $8.84 million in funding today for rebuilding an emergency women’s shelter and community services facility in Toronto, delighting advocates who’ve been seeking new ways to support women fleeing violence.
“It is with a tremendous amount of gratitude and optimism that we thank the Federal and Provincial Governments for this funding as a commitment to responding to violence against women,” said Mohini Datta-Ray, Executive Driector of North York Women’s Shelter.
“I also deeply thank the staff of NYWS for their dedication to often very difficult anti-violence work. This is an important day for survivors and for a tireless sector and we are so very happy to see this important dream become a reality.”
North York Women’s Shelter has been operating in North York since 1984. Over that period of time, more than 11,000 women and children have come through the shelter fleeing abuse.
“The number of women impacted by violence is staggering. The years have taken an extreme toll on the shelter building itself. The service needs of women fleeing abuse have also shifted since the shelter was first built, demanding a more complex, evidence-based and holistic response from us as an organization and from society as a whole,” says Datta-Ray. “Non-residential services are in short supply in the North York area meaning that women living at the shelter have to travel long distances for services. We also badly need more community based research into violence against women and the development of public policy options.”
The new North York Women’s organization will address all three service gaps by:
o Building a modern, accessible and trauma-informed new shelter from the ground up
o Creating associated wrap-around community services alongside the shelter
o Pioneering the development of an advocacy and research department that will contribute to evidence-based change in the issue of violence against for women..
For more information: Mohini Datta-Ray, 289-242-8810.
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