KELOWNA – The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society is receiving $70,000 in proceeds from the Civil Forfeiture Office to support the prevention of violence against women and provide frontline victim services.

The B.C. government also awarded grants to the following Kelowna organizations:

  • Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society (West Kelowna) received $24,250.
  • The Kelowna RCMP received $20,200 to establish a Domestic Violence Unit in Kelowna.

“This is an important step in ensuring that all British Columbians feel safe in our communities and that there are resources to assist those in need,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick.

The Province is investing over $5 million in Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) proceeds to take further action on the Missing Women of Commission Inquiry (MWCI) recommendations and support the prevention of violence against women and youth crime prevention initiatives.

The provincial government continues to make significant progress on responding to the MWCI report, with today’s funds helping to take meet four more recommendations and take further action on two others, including the evaluation of SisterWatch and funding to support the safety of vulnerable aboriginal women and girls as they transition from rural to urban communities.

British Columbia is one of two provinces that pioneered the use of civil forfeiture in Canada to deter unlawful activity by taking away instruments and proceeds of it. The Civil Forfeiture Office is self-funding and proceeds of forfeited property are used to compensate victims and support local crime prevention and remediation efforts through the use of grants. Since its inception in 2006, the Civil Forfeiture Office has now given back $16 million to community crime prevention organizations and police departments.

Learn More:

B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/civilforfeiture

The Province’s Status Report on FORSAKEN – The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/public_inquiries/docs/BCGovStatusReport.pdf