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Credit(s): Province of British Columbia
RICHMOND - A total of 185 community groups, local governments and policing agencies are sharing $5.5 million to help reduce youth involvement in gangs, prevent violence against women and children, and further crime prevention, thanks to a record year of civil forfeiture proceeds.
Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond made the announcement at Touchstone Family Association in Richmond, which received $210,000 to continue its prevention work with young people who may be at risk of joining a gang.
In addition to anti-gang programs, the projects receiving funds will:
* Raise awareness of the dangers of the drug Ecstasy.
* Prevent violence against women and children, including those in abusive relationships and vulnerable women.
* Build awareness about domestic violence among school-aged children.
* Counter human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
* Support restorative justice training throughout B.C.
* Fund police training and equipment that will aid local crime prevention efforts.
Touchstone's Street Smarts Project serves youth referred by probation ...