Demand the National Action Plan to End Gender Based Violence include Intimate Partner Violence 

The Federal Government has announed National Action Plan to end Gender Based Violence.  Although, this is a step in the right direction, we need action now.

The global pandemic has created more isolation, economic stress, and widened the already-dangerous gender inequalities in Canada. Isolation has further put thousands of women, girls, trans, non-binary and BIPOC people at an all-time high risk of violence at home. Women are suffering at home at the hands of their abusers right now.

Although this joint declaration is a good first step; survivors and people at risk can no longer afford to wait.

The National Action Plan to end Gender Based Violence needs to:

  • consult experts from IPV support services, shelters, and organizations,
  • ensure a collaborative response with municipal, provincial, and national governments,
  • include organizational structures such as law enforcement, judicial systems, health care.

The government must build a bold action plan that:

  • prevents violence through education and awareness;
  • ensures the legal justice system responds to lived realities of women facing violence;
  • increases access to services and protections for women living in fear;
  • breaks down barriers to housing, employment and child care;
  • invests in further supports for women to rebuild their lives.

As a Canadian citizen, I believe that the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence needs to specifically include Intimate Partner Violence as a thread in hopes of supporting both survivors and potential future victims.

I stand with Interval House and advocates across Canada and call for a National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.