Limited funding to continue sexual assault counselling ‘appalling,’ says advocate

Organizations that offer counselling to survivors of sexual assault were hoping months of advocacy had paid off.

But the release of the provincial budget last week has brought more disappointment and renewed calls for a long-term plan to fund sexual violence services right across the province.

The budget includes a little over $800,000 to four organizations so they can continue offering therapeutic counselling. There is no new money for several other groups that will run out of grant money beginning this week.

Bernadette MacDonald with the Tri-County Women’s Centre says it means survivors in many areas of Nova Scotia, including the western region, won’t have access to the help they need.

“It doesn’t do anything for this end of the province, so that means that there’s absolutely no therapy programs from Halifax coming down the whole

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