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There is a clear need for youth-centred policy at the federal and provincial levels that specifically addresses dating violence. (Shutterstock)

Adolescent dating violence affects 1 in 3, but murky policies mean most adults don’t know how to help

One in three Canadian youth experience dating violence. Early intervention is critical to preventing the negative effects, but adolescents report significant barriers to finding support.
According to experts, specialist police stations (such as women’s police stations) will need to be appropriately staffed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous officers trained to work from both gender and culturally sensitive perspectives. Dean Lewins/AAP

Women’s police stations in Australia: would they work for ‘all’ women?

Establishing specialist women’s police stations has been suggested as a solution to violence against women in Australia. However research does not cover racial and gender inclusion in this policing.
Members of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group from Alice Springs at an event to discuss combatting family violence at Parliament House in Canberra, 2018. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

We need a national plan to address family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The recent Women’s Safety Summit highlighted Australia’s problem with gender-based violence. However, violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is still not being addressed.
Young people living in urban informal settlement are exposed to high levels of violence and poverty. Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images

How poverty and violence are linked with anxiety in young South Africans

Young people living in the challenging contexts of urban informal settlements may be more at risk of experiencing generalised anxiety disorder.
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.
Salon workers – who are usually women – report clients sharing details of domestic violence, health issues and heartbreak. Karen Perez/Unsplash

More than skin deep, beauty salons are places of sharing and caring

While popular portrayals of hairdressers and beauticians present them as “bimbos”, salons can also provide a refuge for clients to share painful realities.

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