MONCTON (GNB) – New Brunswick’s 13 transition houses are getting an increase in funding.

“Transition houses provide a safe haven for women and children when they need it most,” said Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman. “It is important that victims of domestic abuse also get the counselling and support to help them as they begin to rebuild their lives.”

The 2018-19 budget for transition homes will increase to $3,302,233 from $2,974,985, which is an increase of 11 per cent.

“The province provides additional funding so every transition house in New Brunswick can hire a child support worker,” said Horsman. “Children and youth are often caught in a situation between their parents or parental figures. Child support workers help children and youth feel safe and to understand they are not to blame.”

The budget for the Child Witnesses of Family Violence initiative is $440,000.

The funding announced today is in addition to $3.8 million provided to New Brunswick transition houses over the last year under the Social Infrastructure Fund Agreement, which is a cost-shared agreement between the federal and provincial governments.

Increased funding for transition houses aligns with the New Brunswick Family Plan framework, which focuses government action in seven priority areas: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with addictions and mental health challenges; fostering healthy aging and support for seniors; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty; and supporting people with disabilities.

The New Brunswick Family Plan builds on the goals of the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan and 10-year education plans.