The consequences of family violence can include both short-term and long-term mental and physical health effects. Family violence is a serious public health issue with long-lasting consequences for physical and mental health, not only for survivors, but for their families and society as well. Today, on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Honourable Jane Philpott, Canada’s Minister of Health, I am pleased to announce funding for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s Play On: A Trauma-Informed Sport Program.
This project will help to improve the physical and mental health of children and youth who are survivors of family violence. It will do so in a fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate way. This approach provides a safe, supportive and healing environment from which all young people can benefit.
I am proud to announce more than $1.7 million dollars in funding over five years to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in Toronto, Ontario, with pilot locations in Okanagan Valley, B.C., and Lindsay, Ontario. Since the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is headquartered right here in Don Valley North, this funding will support program design and delivery, as well as staff training to build capacity in all Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada with the goal of creating a culture that is trauma-informed, inclusive and safe for all.
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Canadians, and supporting survivors of violence through programs that help them to recover their physical and mental health. Family violence can range from physical abuse to emotional abuse and neglect. It can lead to various health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic illness. Public health programs play a role in preventing and responding to family violence by supporting the response of the health system to violence, and helping survivors rebuild their lives and regain their health.