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

 

Karen Halady was a 19-year-old living on Montreal when the École Polytechnique massacre took place. She read the names of all the victims at a vigil at Spirit Square in Campbell River on Dec. 6, 2021. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Campbell River Transition Society hosts moving vigil to recognize gender-based violence

Dec. 6, 2021 marks the 32nd anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre

 

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

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
The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society (CRNITS) is encouraging community members to gather at the Spirit Square at noon on Monday, Dec. 6 to take part in a vigil to honour the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. (File photo)

Vigil at Spirit Square Monday, Dec 6 honours National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society (CRNITS) is encouraging community…

  • Dec 1, 2021
The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society (CRNITS) is encouraging community members to gather at the Spirit Square at noon on Monday, Dec. 6 to take part in a vigil to honour the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. (File photo)
Increased isolation means abuse often goes unreported. File photo.

New program aims to help survivors of recent sexual violence

Confidential services being offered to encourage more victims come forward

Increased isolation means abuse often goes unreported. File 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)
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)
T-shirts from The Clothesline Project on display at Rose Harbour. Photo contributed

T-shirt display at Rose Harbour will draw attention to national awareness campaign against violence

A moving display of decorated T-shirts created by people who have been…

  • Apr 10, 2021
T-shirts from The Clothesline Project on display at Rose Harbour. Photo contributed
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
Campbell River RCMP have seen an increase in domestic violence calls compared to November, 2019. (Black Press file photo)

RCMP see increase in domestic violence calls

Severity of assaults increasing

Campbell River RCMP have seen an increase in domestic violence calls compared to November, 2019. (Black Press file 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
Candlelight vigils are held to mark the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre at Ecole Polytechnique, on Dec.6 1989. (Erin Christie/Black Press)

‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ launched by Campbell River and North Island Transition Society

The Campbell River Transition Society has created a blueprint for action against…

Candlelight vigils are held to mark the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre at Ecole Polytechnique, on Dec.6 1989. (Erin Christie/Black Press)
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

Federal NDP looks to criminalize domestic emotional abuse with new law

MP Randall Garrison introduces private member’s bill