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Violence against women is at crisis levels across the country. Even before the pandemic, a woman was killed by her intimate partner every six days. Now 1 in 10 women are very concerned about the possibility of violence in the home during COVID-19.
The Federal Government has released a Joint Declaration for a Canada free of Gender-Based Violence. Although, this is a step in the right direction, we need action now.
The global pandemic has created more isolation, economic stress, and widened the already-dangerous gender inequalities in Canada. Isolation has further put thousands of women, girls, trans, non-binary and BIPOC people at an all-time high risk of violence at home.
Women are suffering at home at the hands of their abusers right now.
That’s why Interval House stands with women’s organizations and shelters across Canada to call for a national action plan – immediately.