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Funding coming to help victims of domestic abuse in South Asian community

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario government is set to announce new funding today to get women in the South Asian community out of domestic violence situations, forced marriages or human trafficking.

Attorney General Chris Bentley will detail the plan at the South Asian Women’s Centre in Toronto, an agency that provides language, employment and transition services.

The funds will be used to train front-line workers and develop materials to help women in vulnerable situations in a culturally-sensitive manner.

The services will be available throughout the province in five South Asian languages.

The money comes at the request of the centre after the federal government rejected its bid for funding, forcing it to cut services.

Earlier this month, Bentley announced plans for an Integrated Domestic Violence Court to serve people who are dealing with family court issues as well as a criminal charges related to domestic abuse.

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