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Two teenaged girls hand over flowers in Ajax, Ont., in March 2015 to a police officer in a show of sympathy for the victims of a triple slaying, a mother and her two children. The woman’s domestic partner was charged in the crime and goes to trial soon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Federal election 2021: Gender-based violence is an issue we should all prioritize

Politicians who promise to reduce gender-based violence through tough-on-crime strategies are committing to strategies that haven’t been shown to actually prevent violence.
Shelter-in-place measures have made it more difficult for victims of domestic violence to escape from their abusers. Elizabeth Livermore/Moment via Getty Images

Domestic violence 911 calls increased during lockdown, but official police reports and arrests declined

A change in how witnesses, victims and authorities respond to domestic violence reports paired with limited social services placed victims in a vulnerable position during the pandemic.
Women may delay leaving an abusive partner if they co-own a pet. (Pexels)

People in abusive relationships face many barriers to leaving — pets should not be one

Canada must consider funding programs that allow abuse victims and survivors to bring their pets with them when they leave their partners.

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