Violence Against Women

On Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 in Get Involved
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Violence Against WomenHalf of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. In a 2009 Canadian national survey, women reported 460,000 incidents of sexual assault in just one year, yet only about 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to police.

Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence – that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada – and since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.

Help Elizabeth shine the light on violence against women! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.

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207 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.

Your petitioners call on the House of Commons to recognize that violence against women remains a critical problem in Canada, and disproportionately impacts indigenous women, as reflected in the crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginal women; that striving for pay equity and equal participation for women in leadership roles must be political priorities for all Members of Parliament; and that shifting cultural attitudes towards women and gender minorities in our society requires structural changes to our processes of education and socialization.

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  • Scott

    I too believe that this is a very important subject. However I am not signing this petition as their is also violence against men. If we are to truly beat this type of violence in Canada then we need to tackle the core of the problem rather than just focusing on one demographic.

    Worse yet, not only does this not help out the abused men in Canada but it promotes the stigma that it doesn’t exist.

    http://www.articlesbase.com/mental-health-articles/female-to-male-domestic-violence-a-social-stigma-5803519.html

    Here is a website that I found for a friend of mine (male) that has been dealing with abuse at the hands of his now ex-fiancée :
    http://www.heart-2-heart.ca/men/why-men-stay-abusive-relationship.php

    • Scott

      I should also point out that, that the last link (heart-2-heart) also has a section for women if anybody is looking for a helpful site on ending abuse.

    • Joe

      You’re on the wrong petition apparently, clearly you just had an agenda and came here to spout it off. Go make a petition about violence against men if you wish but that isn’t what this one is about so why even bother clicking it? No ones said it doesn’t exist but you sound just as stupid as saying you aren’t going to sign for violence against gays because straight people have violence against them too, if you dont get it you probably never will, the worst part is im 90% sure you aren’t a troll. Since you’re wondering why petitions like this are made (just like gay rights, race rights etc) in this case are because overwhelmingly the most serious domestic violence cases are women as victims and men as the assailants. I’ve worked in abuse shelters with male and female victims, the common denominators in both genders cases are that men are the aggressors. I’m talking about REAL domestic violence not a little slap in the face, borderline homicide where the victims are scared to death to leave. You need to come to terms with the fact that the majority of most violence is committed by men, no ones afraid of a big bad woman beating them up while their out walking at night. That said there are bad women and bad men, but the stats show one is overwhelmingly more violent, to ignore this would frankly be idiotic.
      Ive seen girls act out of line before, and I say something every time, but on the other hand ive also met women who have been doused with gasoline and lit or had acid thrown on their face, so the little slap a girl gave a guy in the park that I stopped really means nothing in the big picture of domestic violence, yet one person= one domestic violence stat. So be aware of the differences in severity when you read these stats, because throwing a spoon or slapping someone out of frustration is nothing compared to the crap women deal with systematically (that doesn’t happen the other way around). If you are a man you should be afraid of other men most of all, stats show you are way more likely to be hurt by a man than a woman. Your pages also show that you care less about violence against men and more about trying to make women look bad, nowhere do I see anything about the violence gay men go through, yet when I worked in abuse facilities they accounted for a much higher number than the ratio of the gay men in the city. But I guess you wont believe me until you see with your own eyes, maybe it’ll take seeing someone’s face half melted off with acid to understand the difference

  • Julica

    I was married for 18 years to man who abused me. Actually, it started when I was only 16, when I was so naive that I believed him when he said it was because he loved me so much he couldn’t help it. I woke up to the reality of what I was experiencing years later, and by then I stayed for the sake of my children, who never, ever, had a clue about it. During our divorce proceedings, when he was asked why he continued to hurt me, when I was fighting and crying and telling him “No, don’t do it” he said with a creepy smile: “because it was all part of the game”. And now we have 50 Shades of Gray, turning on more people to sado-masochism. What a crazy world!

  • judi

    25years associated with le Chaînon, a women’s shelter in Montreal, I can sympathise deeply…ps I am a green party member, yet my password does’t work so I’ll sign in as a guest.

  • locust

    Scott, I personally know abused men and my heart goes out to them, it really does. When anyone in our society suffers abuse, it is our own society that pays the price. The health care costs, the welfare payments to the partner with the children who cannot go out to work, substance abuse and associated jail time, delinquent children acting out their own anger etc… . It needs to be addressed!

  • LedaRose Cedar

    I worked in BC as a Womens counsellor, SPECIALIZED victim assistance coordinator and Women’s Outreach for years, both in urban Kel8wna and remote rural Haida Gwaii, Kitwanga, Burns Lake and Smithers, BC. I know the extent of violence against women, both White non First Nations and First Nation and Metis. It’s astounding how severe the abuses are we never talk details but I want to illuminate how terrible it is there.

    The north has been under resourced and under funded forever. Bridget Moran fought politically and publicly to bring some social justice to tell northern folks in the long gone days. But nothing has really changed.

    Yes there’s lots of men that are really messed up from residential schools whether their mother became their rapist or it came straight from the priest or nuns. But much more frequently the women have been dragged through shit and horrors from childhood and as an adult. Imagine watching TV with your siblings while dad does unspeakable things to them right beside you, while you wait for him to turn to you! That was one of the worst stories ever told me. I’ve never told anyone this before either. But if it helps to get the support needed then here. Please, pass on the true guts and blood of what happens due to consistently ignoring get such horrors to continue unchecked.
    First Nation young women, young men, adult men and women came seeking help when their hell was beyond believing. Lots of White women weren’t much better off. Since education rates are low lots have somehow existed on very rough terms with little awareness of where or how to regain or gain power in their lives. Generational sexual violence carries on down where I learned of a situation where grandma cleaned up the little girl victim of incest by her sons and possibly her grandsons for all I know. It’s become normal!

    As a counsellor with a BSW from U Victoria I was aghast at how hard it was to serve them. I worked off both sides of my desk. And I still felt powerless as I didn’t have the means to alleviate their hell. I referred and counselled but bottom line what would of made a significant difference is:
    Affordable decent affordable housing on reserve and in the towns.
    Adequate pay for their labour $15-20 hr.
    More community resources for First Nations not just from Friendship Centre’s. Friendship centre’s have their place but they are poorly managed too often. I worked 4 yrs in one and most are under educated and not providing top quality support however safe it feels for FN.
    Increased Tranistion House funding for improved income wages, benefits and EFTS. Violence against women counselling need and deserve more clinical counselling supervision support, EFTS, and wages that ensure they can take good care of themselves with annual vacations for a real shift from working in the trenches. Children who witness violence deserve a deeper program like play therapy. Womens Outreach and Victim assistance programs also need additional earnings, benefits and supervisory supports. These two programs are extremely high stress and can easily expose workers to traumatic experiences, as do the counselling and children’s programs.

    If we support those on the front line they are less likely to become another fatality to vicarious trauma, the hell that brings into a woman’s complex life and relationships of caring requiring as well as needing disability coverage. If we are serious about Ending Violence as is Ending Violence BC and Ending Violence Canada then govt will fight to support the great yet tough hard of the workers dedicated to uplifting get women and children.
    I’ve not worked in depth with men but when I’ve met the survivors of sexual trauma they so need help. They are so lost, are much less resourceful and less networked then many women. And then with few programs to help them the are marginalized even further into their shame.

    PTSD and PTSR are another key part of addressing victims recovery needs. Mental health should be brought into learning feminist practices to ensure proper screening get of battered and abused women who don’t need drugs as much as a safe woman who doesn’t impose labels and drugs or threaten non compliance as they do! Traumatizing assessments need to be done and worked with by interdisciplinary services where all prof. work for from a client centered lens. If these recommendations were a piedmont we would make a real difference.

    Hopefully, LedaRose

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