Mi'kmaw, African Nova Scotian advocates welcome funding for abuse survivors

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The Nova Scotia and federal governments are investing $2-million in a project to support Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women who are survivors of domestic violence.

A news release on the province's website says the project will help provide culture-based services for Indigenous and black communities.

The Mi'kmaw Legal Support Network, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, the Association of Black Social Workers and the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre will be receiving the funding over the next few years.

The four groups have been asking survivors since December what's most important to them to create a deeper understanding of how to better serve their communities.

According to research published on the Department of Justice's website, Indigenous women experience higher rates of domestic abuse than non-Indigenous women.

Paula Marshall, executive director of the Mi'kmaw Legal Support Network, says her organization will use the money to create a triage model that will enable victim services workers to assist survivors immediately after an offence and connect them to organizations and cultural support.