Shelter-in-place measures have made it more difficult for victims of domestic violence to escape from their abusers.
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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.
Accommodation providers are reporting huge increases in the numbers of people coming to them for help. They’d love to be able to use newly vacant rental housing, but it’s not a lasting solution.
Women may delay leaving an abusive partner if they co-own a pet.
Canada must consider funding programs that allow abuse victims and survivors to bring their pets with them when they leave their partners.
Intimate violence victims fare better with coordinated help.
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Women and children remain vulnerable to harm even after intimate violence has occurred. Coordinating a community’s response can help avoid educational, employment, social, housing and legal problems.