domestic 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

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

Shelters also noted an increase and escalation in physical violence

 

Various community groups painted purple rocks to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence, during the month of October. (Submitted photo)

LETTER: Hope shines brightly in October

Big display of community support for Purple Light Nights effort to shine light on domestic violence

  • Nov 14, 2020

 

The Purple Light Nights rock, created by members of the Hope Association for Community Living, Tillicum. Drawing attention to the 2020 Purple Rock Campaign. (Submitted/Sharlene Harrison-Hinds photo)

Domestic violence: Two sides of the same coin

How people who are perpetrators of family violence can find help

  • Oct 25, 2020

 

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
COVID-19 won’t stop the purple lights from shining this October

COVID-19 won’t stop the purple lights from shining this October

Purple Light Nights, with a mission to shine a light on domestic violence, kicks off Oct. 1

  • Sep 30, 2020
COVID-19 won’t stop the purple lights from shining this October
Baker, a 12-year-old German shepherd, was accepted into the No Pet Left Behind Program when his owner passed away. He has since been adopted by his foster family, who are now caring for him and his pre-existing hip and joint issues. Paws For Hope photo

New program finding safe spaces for pets, when their owners are fleeing family violence

No Pet Left Behind is looking for foster families in Hope, Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland

Baker, a 12-year-old German shepherd, was accepted into the No Pet Left Behind Program when his owner passed away. He has since been adopted by his foster family, who are now caring for him and his pre-existing hip and joint issues. Paws For Hope photo
The Atlantic Denture Clinic is guarded by police in Dartmouth, N.S. on Monday, April 20, 2020. The repeated threats and isolation a Nova Scotia mass shooter allegedly used against his spouse show why such cruelty should be a criminal offence in Canada, experts on domestic violence say. Acquaintances and former neighbours have described the 51-year-old killer as a clever and manipulative millionaire who would threaten harm to his spouse’s family, control her money or cut off her means of escape by removing the tires from her car or blocking the driveway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
The Atlantic Denture Clinic is guarded by police in Dartmouth, N.S. on Monday, April 20, 2020. The repeated threats and isolation a Nova Scotia mass shooter allegedly used against his spouse show why such cruelty should be a criminal offence in Canada, experts on domestic violence say. Acquaintances and former neighbours have described the 51-year-old killer as a clever and manipulative millionaire who would threaten harm to his spouse’s family, control her money or cut off her means of escape by removing the tires from her car or blocking the driveway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Black Press file photo

Uneasy silence on Hope’s transition house phone line

Advocates suspect women aren’t finding alone time to make these calls during the pandemic

Black Press file photo
A woman pays her respects at a roadside memorial on Portapique Road in Portapique, N.S. on Friday, April 24, 2020. At least 22 people are dead after a man, who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser, went on a murder rampage in Portapique and several other Nova Scotia communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Nova Scotia mass murder shows the public threat of domestic violence, say experts

The agency recorded 945 intimate partner homicides between 2008 and 2018

A woman pays her respects at a roadside memorial on Portapique Road in Portapique, N.S. on Friday, April 24, 2020. At least 22 people are dead after a man, who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser, went on a murder rampage in Portapique and several other Nova Scotia communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan