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A staff member carries bedding to a suite at Toronto’s Interval House, an emergency shelter for women in abusive situations, in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Workers supporting survivors of gender-based violence are demanding change

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that shelters helping survivors of domestic violence are essential. Retention and recruitment issues in the gender-based violence sector require systemic solutions.
Colin Thatcher, former MLA of Saskatchewan and convicted murderer, walks out of the chamber after the speech from the throne at the Saskatchewan legislature in Regina on Oct. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

Convicted murderer Colin Thatcher’s invitation to the Saskatchewan legislature diminishes us all

What does it say to victims of intimate partner violence when a convicted wife beater and murderer is invited to a public event by the ruling government?
Women’s reports of domestic violence are widely rejected by family courts. The Image Bank/Getty Images

Victims of domestic abuse find no haven in family courts

Family courts’ hostility – both in the US and abroad – toward claims of paternal or spousal abuse has been widely reported. Now there’s an in-depth study that documents that hostility.
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.

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