Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre seeks support
Here’s a note I received from James Latour, Program Developer at NMRC. In my opinion they are offering innovative and valuable services to both men and women.
Two weeks ago Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre made the decision to cut staffing by 60%. This means a much lower standard of assistance to our clients and community, and we will have to cut some programs and services. This has come about due to a lack of funding.
You will be interested to know that last year the BC Ministry of Community Services funded women’s services $49.2 million. Men’s services received nothing. Here are some interesting statistics you might not be aware of:
A recent Statistics Canada report says:
1. “an estimated 7% of women and 6% of men in a current or previous spousal relationship encountered spousal violence during the five years up to and including 2004, according to a comprehensive new report on family violence…This means that an estimated 653,000 women and 546,000 men encountered some form of violence by a current or previous spouse or common-law partner.”
2. “11% of women and 7% of men aged 15 and older stated that they were stalked in a way that caused them to fear for their safety or the safety of someone close to them. This was the equivalent of 1.4 million women & just under one million men.”
3. “In cases of current relationships in which emotional abuse existed, 25% of women and 19% of men experienced violence.”
On Friday, April 6th at 10 am, Theo Boere, the Executive Director, and Anne Leavitt, one of our Board members, will be on the Bill Good Show (CKNW 980 AM [New Westminster/Vancouver]) to talk about this issue and the impact on Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. We need you to call into the show while it’s in progress. You don’t necessarily need to speak on air, just tell the operator why you are calling and that you are in support of Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre or funding for men’s services in general. This is an opportunity to make a significant difference with just one phone call!
These are the numbers for you to call:
604-280-9898 or 877-399-9898
Thank you for your ongoing support.
James Latour, Program Developer
Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre