Sault Ste. Marie Police Services will receive $97,000 to make improvements to their interview room. The funding is part of The Ontario government investing more than $4 million across the province to help support victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, human trafficking and child exploitation.
The funding is being delivered through the Victim Support Grant (VSG) Program. The VSG Program is part of Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy and complements the province’s $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, 2020-2025 and Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will update its interview rooms to better meet the needs of victims of crime so they feel safe and secure when speaking with investigators or support workers. Giving victims a safe environment to tell their story, which can in turn lead to allowing investigators to proceed with charges, where applicable, will help empower victims or survivors of intimate partner violence to break the cycle of violence.