London West MPP Peggy Sattler is taking the province to task for not supporting local domestic violence prevention and support programs.
In a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, the New Democrat says Huron County’s Partner Assault Response program needs more government funding to keep running.
Speaking with AM980 Sattler explains the situation in Huron County further.
“The numbers game that the government is playing, in terms of the counting the offenders who are being referred to the program, has meant that the agency has been subsidizing the delivery of program for a number of years,” said Sattler.
“(The agency) has finally announced that they can no longer continue to do that, and that’s why they have announced that they are stopping the delivery of the program.”
Sattler is worried cutbacks and changes ordered by the province are jeopardizing women and children.
“It creates of revolving door of men who are going through the program, there isn’t the kind of lasting, substantive change in behaviour that you want you achieve, and they’re going back into a relationship where they are abusing again, or they are going to another relationship, a new relationship where the cycle of violence continues,” said Sattler.
Huron County’s PAR program isn’t the only one struggling, as one in Barrie closed last month.
Sattler says she’s not the only one engaging in a writing campaign to the province and the Attorney General specifically, and hopes the province will listen to the community’s concerns and act to boost support for the initiative.