Barrie Police are getting a $139,363 grant from the province of Ontario to establish a Child Advocacy Center of Barrie.
The funding is part of the $1.8 million Ontario is putting toward 15, two-year pilot projects to improve police response to sexual violence.
The new center will provide a single child and youth-friendly location that aims to reduce victim trauma.
Officials are hoping the new center will open it’s doors in September and construction is expected to get underway soon at the location on Cedar Pointe Drive.
The initiative is part of ‘It’s Never Okay’, which is Ontario’s action plan to end sexual violence and harassment.
Services of the Child Advocacy Center will be geared towards survivors under the age of 24.