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Province Invests in Kristen French Centre

The money is to help victims of gun and gang violence, human trafficking

The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre in St. Catharines is to receive $87,800 in provincial funding.

The Centre supports young victims, witnesses, survivors, and their families, of gun and gang violence, including human trafficking.

The government says this is part of over $1.4-million for communities province-wide.

The Centre's Executive Director Brian Bratt says the money will help in critical support of underage victims living in rural areas through no-cost, one-to-one virtual therapy sessions.

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff applauds the mission of the Kristen French Advocacy Centre is helping to end child abuse across Niagara.

Funding from the government also supports community coordination, as the government says family violence against children and youth increased 38% from 2014 to 2022.

The money helps provide accessible resources for young victims and their families to navigate the justice system, as well as specialized training for staff.

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