domestic violence

Irina Petrakova, a survivor of domestic violence, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her flat in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Petrakova, 41, suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. She said that even when they were finally divorced, he was able to assault her outside the courthouse where she brought a case against him. “Had the law been in force, had I had a (restraining) order, he wouldn’t have been able to even approach me,” said Petrakova, whose case is before the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

European court urges Russia to tackle its domestic violence problem

Human Rights court says violence against women is happening on a ‘staggering scale’ in Russia

 

People gather at the edge of the pond at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College on Dec. 6 during the United Against Violence Against Women candlelight vigil held to mark the 1989 massacre of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal as well as to remember and bear witness to the women murdered and missing in the Okanagan-Shuswap and beyond. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Emotional vigil held on day police find remains of Shuswap woman missing for 5 years

Annual vigil pays respects to women killed in the École Polytechnique massacre and local women

 

People look on as beams of light are projected into the air in Montreal, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in memory of the fourteen women who were murdered on December 6,1989, in an anti-feminist attack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Polytechnique anniversary comes as Quebec mourns spate of domestic violence killings

Quebec has experienced a spate of femicides since the beginning of 2021

 

A vigil will take place at Vancouver Island University on Monday, Dec. 6, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, to honour and remember the 14 women killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989. (Vancouver Island University photo)

VIU encourages speaking out against gender-based violence

University observing 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign

A vigil will take place at Vancouver Island University on Monday, Dec. 6, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, to honour and remember the 14 women killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989. (Vancouver Island University photo)
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign started Nov. 25 and continues until Dec. 10. (Stock photo)

Editorial: Make spaces safe from gender-based violence

We should try to see hidden problem during 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign started Nov. 25 and continues until Dec. 10. (Stock photo)
WCRS women’s outreach program co-ordinator Jill McQuaid visits with Shirley’s Tree in Ucluelet’s small craft harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Victims of domestic violence remembered on Vancouver Island

Nov. 25 marks UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

WCRS women’s outreach program co-ordinator Jill McQuaid visits with Shirley’s Tree in Ucluelet’s small craft harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Marci Ien, the Liberal Candidate for the Toronto Centre riding, is pictured as she canvases on Thursday October 22, 2020, ahead of Monday’s by-election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New women’s minister will focus on men in order to combat gender-based violence

Minister Marci Ien says part of the eqution is figuring out the root causes of the problem

Marci Ien, the Liberal Candidate for the Toronto Centre riding, is pictured as she canvases on Thursday October 22, 2020, ahead of Monday’s by-election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A five-year Statistics Canada survey on victimization found rates of respondents self-reporting physical and/or sexual violence in their spousal or partner relationships came down between 1999 and 2019. (Pixabay)

Survey: spousal violence on decline in Canada; women still more likely to suffer

Findings capture conditions before COVID-19 pandemic sent many into isolation

A five-year Statistics Canada survey on victimization found rates of respondents self-reporting physical and/or sexual violence in their spousal or partner relationships came down between 1999 and 2019. (Pixabay)
Nanaimo’s Bastion, RCMP detachment, city hall and homes and businesses will be bathed in purple light during the city’s first Purple Light Nights campaign highlighting the impacts of domestic violence. (News Bulletin file photo)

Purple light campaign in Nanaimo spotlights domestic violence and its impacts

RCMP, Victim Services and Nanaimo Community Policing partnering on awareness campaign this month

Nanaimo’s Bastion, RCMP detachment, city hall and homes and businesses will be bathed in purple light during the city’s first Purple Light Nights campaign highlighting the impacts of domestic violence. (News Bulletin file photo)
Haven Society has been awarded the Purple Ribbon Award, recognizing its efforts to positively impact victims and survivors of domestic violence. Pictured here are Sylvia Shedden, left, and Adrianne Marskell, society co-chairs. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo non-profit receives Purple Ribbon for supporting victims of domestic violence

Haven Society conferred with award by DomesticShelters.org

Haven Society has been awarded the Purple Ribbon Award, recognizing its efforts to positively impact victims and survivors of domestic violence. Pictured here are Sylvia Shedden, left, and Adrianne Marskell, society co-chairs. (Submitted photo)
Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)

‘Please tell someone:’ B.C. woman whose mother was murdered begs abuse survivors to get help

‘I didn’t believe this could happen to my mom either, but it did’

Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)
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2 police watchdogs now mandated to probe domestic violence, experts say more needed

‘It’s a virtually unknown area, and the few stats or reports … we can only really scratch the surface of this’

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Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke NDP MP Randall Garrison (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. MP says law needed to thwart shadow pandemic of intimate partner violence

Randall Garrison calls for coercive and controlling behaviour to be criminalized

Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke NDP MP Randall Garrison (Black Press Media file photo)
Alberta’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Alberta is the second province to bring in a law that could help people at risk of domestic violence learn about an intimate partner’s criminal record. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Alberta brings in Clare’s Law to allow access to intimate partner’s violent history

The law originated in the U.K. and is named after Clare Wood, a woman who was murdered in 2009 by a partner

Alberta’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Alberta is the second province to bring in a law that could help people at risk of domestic violence learn about an intimate partner’s criminal record. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
People participate in the annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop a rising tide of reports of domestic violence, experts say, warning that the stress of life in lockdown continues to put victims at risk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Reports of domestic, intimate partner violence continue to rise during pandemic

Call volumes spiked almost immediately when swaths of Canada first locked down

People participate in the annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop a rising tide of reports of domestic violence, experts say, warning that the stress of life in lockdown continues to put victims at risk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Island University organizations are raising awareness about gender-based violence during 16 Days of Activism, which includes the Red Dress Project hosted by VIUSU that aims to honour the memory of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. (Vancouver Island University photo)

City proclamation calls on Nanaimo to unite to end violence against women

16 Days of Activism campaign started Nov. 25, continues to Dec. 10

Vancouver Island University organizations are raising awareness about gender-based violence during 16 Days of Activism, which includes the Red Dress Project hosted by VIUSU that aims to honour the memory of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. (Vancouver Island University photo)
A staff member carries bedding in one of the suites at Toronto’s Interval House, an emergency shelter for women in abusive situations, on Monday February 6, 2017. A new national survey by Women’s Shelters Canada offers a glimpse into the experiences of front-line workers and women fleeing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, with reports of clients facing more violence that is also increasing in severity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada-wide survey of women’s shelters shows abuse more severe during pandemic

Shelters also noted an increase and escalation in physical violence

A staff member carries bedding in one of the suites at Toronto’s Interval House, an emergency shelter for women in abusive situations, on Monday February 6, 2017. A new national survey by Women’s Shelters Canada offers a glimpse into the experiences of front-line workers and women fleeing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, with reports of clients facing more violence that is also increasing in severity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Angela Marie MacDougall, executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services, poses for a photograph in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘It’s like a pressure cooker in the house:’ Calls to helplines in Canada jump in pandemic

Calls tripled in the spring in B.C. before levelling off in the summer

Angela Marie MacDougall, executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services, poses for a photograph in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Randall Garrison

Federal NDP looks to criminalize domestic emotional abuse with new law

MP Randall Garrison introduces private member’s bill

Randall Garrison
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef arrives on Parliament Hill during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Feds double COVID-19 fund for abused women to $100 million

Data shows that one in 10 women is very or extremely concerned about possibility of violence during pandemic

Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef arrives on Parliament Hill during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick