DIVERSITY: Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration provides help to families – Province of Ontario commits $80,000 to Muslim centre – By NATASHA MARAR
The Ontario government is helping break the silence on domestic abuse in London’s Muslim community through a new grant that will increase support for victims.
The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration, headed by Londoner Mohammed Baobaid, will receive $80,000 to provide immediate crisis assistance to Muslim women and families.
The resource centre will help connect the Muslim community to government programs and services.
“Social support and integration is missing in terms of programming in our society,” Baobaid said.
Three London MPPs announced the funding last week at the University of Western Ontario.
“This is extremely important work and London has been a leader,” Ontario Attorney General and London West MPP Chris Bentley said. “It’s a proposal by the community for the community.”
Domestic abuse is a concern for all families, not just Muslims, Baobaid said. “But the Muslim community is ready to take ownership and responsibility for this issue.”
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