VPGB Response to October Femicide
Violence Prevention Grey Bruce expresses its condolences to the family, friends, and community of the woman whose body was found in Northern Bruce Peninsula on Tuesday. Her death, and every femicide is a reminder that gender-based violence continue to be problems in Ontario and here in Grey and Bruce counties.
Already in 2021, more than 40 women have been murdered in Ontario. The vast majority of this violence is perpetrated by men. These murders and all violence against women are preventable but the pandemic has increased the risk factors and made prevention more difficult.
Women and girls are at increased risk of violence in isolated communities where there are fewer social supports and where access to services are limited by transportation or access to technology. The pandemic has also increased overall risk factors connected to unemployment, social isolation, stress, and substance use.
Despite these increased risks, shame and stigma continue to create silence around the issue. There is also a persistent belief that violence and abuse within relationships are private matters. They are not. Every act of violence – and especially murders – impact more than only the victim; they impact on neighbours, friends, family, and the community at large. Every single one of us have a role to play in addressing this type of violence. Staying silent about violence allows it to continue.
Locally, Women’s House Serving Bruce Grey, The Women’s Centre, and Kabaeshiwim offer support to women and children impacted by violence. Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth can support anyone effected by tragic loss and circumstance. The Men’s Program can support men in ending their own violent and abusive behaviour. As neighbours, friends, and family, the public at large can also support survivors of violence and encourage perpetrators to change their behaviour.
Gender based violence is a real and deadly issue. It is not something that only happens to certain people or in distant communities. This latest murder is a reminder that we in Grey Bruce need to continue to work to keep everyone safe.
While we grieve the loss of this woman, please know that supports are available. If you or someone you know are impacted by this loss or may be at risk of violence, you can contact local crisis lines for support.
Women’s House Serving Bruce Grey: 519-396-9814
The Women’s Centre: 519-371-1600
Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth: 1-866-376-9852