Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors Fund (Survivors Fund)

 

The Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors Fund (Survivors Fund) is intended to serve as an immediate and individualized form of support for members who are survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence.

*This is a member driven fund that came out of members needs, and was specifically modeled on the CUPE 3903 Sexual Assault Survivor Fund. If you identify as in the group this fund intends to serve and have constructive feedback, please write to the Secretary Treasurer.*

Who is eligible to apply to the fund?

For the January 1, 2018-April 30, 2019 round of the Survivors Fund, anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply: (a) You have secured at least 1 hour of Unit 1 work by the time the application is made or have a guaranteed subsequent appointment. (b) You are a survivor of sexual and/or domestic violence.

What is an eligible expense?

This fund is intended to serve as immediate and individualized form of support for members who are survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence. Understanding that such violence can impact many areas of life, the fund deliberately does not define all eligible expenses. Members are invited to submit claims for any expenses they consider eligible. Examples of eligible expenses include: legal fees, moving fees and/or first/last month’s rent to secure a safe living space, counseling fees, emergency dental procedures, other medical fees not covered by Green Shield (e.g., laser treatment to remove visible signs of violence), and related transportation costs.

Expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2018, but prior to the adoption of the C.A.I.C. proposal, will be eligible for reimbursement. This means the funds will run for an extended first year, from January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.

How much money will I get?

The Survivors Fund has been allocated $25,000 per year. The fund will disburse, per member, up to an annual cap of $5,000 and a lifetime cap of $15,000. If there are monies left over after the fund has reimbursed all eligible claims, the remainder of the monies will be reallocated to the U.S.A.F. for that year.

When will I get my money?

Applications for this fund will be open year-round, on an as-needed basis. Disbursements will follow within one month of successful application.

How do I apply?

The application form is available online and accessible through the Union’s website. To find the application, login to the Member Portal (found by scrolling up to the top right of this page).

A complete application for the Survivors Fund will include: (a) a membership card, (b) the 2018-19 Survivors Fund Application Form (available here), and (c) supporting documentation—this documentation should include a statement outlining the need for which funding is being requested, and any other supporting documentation you may have (e.g., a note from a health practitioner, a receipt for medical fees receipt, and an invoice for legal fees).

You will receive an immediate confirmation email for each application you submit. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not receive a confirmation email you did not successfully submit the application.

If you do not have (a) a membership card (i.e., you do not have a CUPE No., found on the left-hand side of the Portal home page), fill out a Membership Application Form (found on the ‘Forms’ tab). PLEASE NOTE: processing membership applications can take up to four (4) business days.

Applications will be accepted between October 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

 

Other Resources

CUPE 3902, Unit 1 members’ protections under C.A. for survivors of Sexual Assault/Intimate Partner Violence:

  • one month’s paid leave for survivors (p. 58)
  • four month’s paid “Surgery, Hospitalization, and Serious Illness” leave which can be used for mental-health purposes (p. 57)
  • Sexual violence and harassment protections (pp. 9-11)
  • Letter of Understanding on Sexual Violence (p. 85)

CUPE 3902, Unit 1 members’ access to relevant healthcare:

  • Mental health care: counseling/MSW/social worker, incl. psychotherapy is now $2500/year under top-up plan + $500 under base plan (total: $3000)
  • Basic dental coverage max now at $1350/year
  • Glasses/contact lenses/laser eye surgery covered to $225/year
  • Family HCSA is now $600/year
  • Drug max at $15K/year
  • Health plan combined max of $15K/year