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North Bay Police Service and Victims Services of Nipissing District Receive Provincial Victim Support Grant

April 7, 2022

The North Bay Police Service and Victims Services of Nipissing District have received a $200,000 Victim Support Grant from Ontario’s Ministry of the Solicitor General that will help provide improved supports to survivors.

The $200,000 grant will fund the upgrade of a “soft interview room,” that is designed to ensure survivors of intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and child sexual abuse can access a calming, supportive environment while interacting with police during investigations.

The grant will also empower Victims Services of Nipissing District to hire a full-time Victim Support Outreach Co-ordinator who will provide coordination between the North Bay Police Service, Victims Services of Nipissing District, and the Children’s Aid Society in their collaborative work operating the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, while also connecting families to support services, among other duties.

Victims Service of Nipissing District’s Trauma Support K9 Program will similarly receive full funding. This will help ensure VSND’s trauma support dog, Chewie, can continue to provide comfort and support to victims in need.

“Our partnership with Victims Services of Nipissing District is incredibly important both to me and to the North Bay Police Service as a whole,” said Police Chief Scott Tod. “Their work is integral to providing victims with the healing they need after they experience traumatic situations. I am very happy that we have received this important grant.”

“Thanks to the support of NBPS and the funding provided by the Victim Support Grant, VSND is able to enhance services to better support victims of crime in our community,” said Kathleen Jodouin, Executive Director of Victim Services of Nipissing District. “Through the hiring of the new Coordinator, funding for the K9 Trauma program and renovations to the victim statement room VSND and NBPS are better able to provide trauma informed services.”