Civil forfeiture profits invested in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Money from the province's civil forfeiture grant program will aid two domestic violence prevention-related projects in Nanaimo.

Money from the B.C. government’s civil forfeiture grant program will aid two domestic violence prevention-related projects in Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo District Secondary School’s Ravens Lelum Teen Parent Learning Centre will receive more than $9,100 to add to its programming. The aboriginal outreach initiative will use the money to engage young adults on the subject of family violence. Events will include monthly talking circles with elders and sweat lodges.

The Haven Society will also be the beneficiary of forfeiture money, with $26,300 it will use toward two-day training for service providers that aid female victims of violence. The training will centre on the impacts of trauma and strategies that can be implemented.

Initiatives that deal with violence against women and support the Violence Free B.C. strategy were the focus of grants this year, the government said in a news release.