Violence Against Women is an Election Issue
The provincial government makes laws and funds services that directly impact and respond to gender based violence.
As we approach election day, it’s important to have relevant statistics about the rates of violence against women and femicide in Ontario.
This fact sheet from We Count Femicide Because… provides that information
- 166 femicides* have been reported by the media in Ontario since June 2018.
- 71 femicides have been perpetrated by male intimate partners
- 40 femicides have been perpetrated by male family members
- 55 femicides have been perpetrated by men who were either known to the victim or where the relationship has not been reported in the media
Systemic issues that need to be addressed to prevent gender-based violence and femicide in Ontario
- Reduce poverty through decent work, living wages, affordable childcare, improving food
insecurity and income supports
- Increase affordability, access to housing and supportive housing supply
- Increase access to health and trauma care supports, harm reduction services, sexual health services and ensure the protection of reproductive rights, care and services
- Address geographical connectivity and the digital divide by increasing access to safe and affordable transportation, cellular coverage and affordable high-speed internet across the province
- New and sustainable investments to core GBV services and prevention programs for survivors, children and those who cause harm
- Respond to the systemic issues leading to the disproportionate rates of violence and murder that is experienced by Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit individuals and implement the 231 calls for justice
- Improve equitable response by addressing racism, hatred and oppression, including AntiAsian racism, Anti-Black racism, Anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny and ableism through training and education across a range of Ministry funded services across all levels of government
- Increase access to a responsive legal and criminal justice system
- Respond to the needs of the aging population and address the increase in violence and femicide rates among women above the age of 55
- Ensure gender-responsive planning to environmental disasters and climate change impacts that lead to poverty, housing displacement, food insecurity, as this increases the risks of gender-based violence
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