QUESNEL – The Amata Transition House is receiving $10,000 from the provincial government to help support Aboriginal women and children who are affected by domestic violence and fleeing abuse so they can rebuild their lives.

Aboriginal women and children make up a large percentage of British Columbians who are affected by domestic violence and other crimes. In fact, Aboriginal women in B.C. are nearly three times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women.

“It’s vital that victims of domestic violence or women being threatened are able to escape their situations,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “This funding will support local Aboriginal women and their children who are getting away from challenging situations and help them get their lives back together.”

This funding will allow the Amata Transition House Society to help improve programs and services and make them more accessible to the Aboriginal women and children who need them, especially in rural and remote communities.

For example, the subsidy will be used toward the cost of:

  • Transportation to a transition house/safe home, a doctor’s appointment or lawyer meeting, or to fly a high-risk client out of the community;
  • Medical and legal services;
  • Important documents, such as identification;
  • Clothing and personal items if the woman/child had to leave their home quickly.

This funding is part of the provincial government’s second- and third-year commitments under the three-year, $5.5-million Provincial Domestic Violence Plan to provide direct services for Aboriginal children, youth and families in rural and remote communities.

The B.C. government commits more than $70 million per year in prevention and intervention services and programs that benefit victims of domestic violence and other crimes.