‘Shadow pandemic’ of femicide looms, experts warn as Canada prepares to reopen

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After much than a twelvemonth of quarantines, lockdowns and separations owed to COVID-19, Canada is dilatory reopening. But experts accidental different pandemic, of femicide and home violence, has been softly raging crossed the country.

The impervious is successful the reports. Preliminary findings from the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability’s (CFOJA) mid-year study recovered 92 women and girls were killed, mostly by men, betwixt January and June of this year.

Femicide is the sidesplitting of a miss oregon pistillate due to the fact that of their gender. Men were identified arsenic the accused successful 79 retired of 92 killings successful the archetypal fractional of 2021.

Indigenous women were over-represented successful this year’s report, making up 12 per cent of femicide victims, contempt comprising conscionable 5 per cent of Canada’s wide population.

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92 women and girls killed, mostly by men, successful the archetypal fractional of 2021 successful Canada.

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— Canadian Femicide Observatory (@CAN_Femicide) July 19, 2021

Experts accidental the information is unsurprising.

“We, arsenic successful unit against women organizations, advocates and survivors, person been naming that determination is simply a shadiness pandemic happening and that is sex based violence,” says Farrah Khan, a sex justness advocator and manager of Ryerson University’s Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education.

Numbers person been steadily rising since the COVID pandemic began. CFOJA, which tracks femicides crossed the country, said 160 women and girls were victims of femicide past year, an uptick from the 118 who were killed successful 2019.

Khan said the wellness situation that has led to repeated lockdowns crossed the state has “set women up” for unhealthy relationships that could effect successful their deaths. Women, who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, accounted for much than 35 per cent of occupation losses crossed the country and marque up a bulk of Canada’s minimum wage workers.

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She says this could person prompted galore women to determination successful with perchance abusive partners to prevention connected costs that near them trapped and incapable to permission erstwhile things began to escalate successful an unsafe way. Things similar child-care problems and nutrient insecurity, besides rampant during the pandemic, are besides reasons women extremity up trapped with their abusers.

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“The lockdown has accrued the abusers’ entree to them, has accrued their quality to power their mobility, accrued their quality to acceptable strict rules astir who they interact with,” she said of women during the pandemic, including those with abusive household members.

“I interest astir the radical besides that are surviving done it close present that are not reaching retired to services, are not feeling harmless to bash truthful due to the fact that idiosyncratic is monitoring their phone, idiosyncratic is monitoring their computer.”

Of the 160 women killed according to the report, researchers said 128 women and girls were killed by men. A bulk of them were killed successful the Northwest Territories and Nunavut accounting for 13.68 per cent and 5.21 per cent respectively.

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Victims of maltreatment could spot much challenges successful agrarian and distant areas, Khan says, due to the fact that of isolation and the deficiency of mobility sometimes contiguous successful those communities.

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“Already mobility is challenged. Already there’s nary machine successful the location that doesn’t person spyware connected it,” Khan said, adding that “what’s needed successful Toronto is antithetic than what’s going to beryllium needed successful agrarian and distant areas.”

Numbers are besides stacking up successful much densely populated provinces.

In Ontario alone, femicide has accrued by much than 84 per cent successful the archetypal fractional of 2021, according to the latest study from the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH).

“[When] we comparison that to the anterior year, there’s been an summation each azygous month,” Marlene Ham, enforcement manager of OAITH, told Global News. “To person six months successful a enactment amusement an summation successful the fig of femicides, that does astonishment us, but it besides truly concerns us.”

From December 2019 done June 2020, the study recovered 19 confirmed femicides passim the province. The adjacent year, they reported 35.

Younger women betwixt the ages of 18 and 35 accounted for a bulk of this year’s femicides astatine 30 per cent, portion younger men betwixt 18 and 35 years accounted for 50 per cent of each perpetrators this year. Researchers recovered intimate spouse cases made up 80 per cent of femicide cases successful 2021.

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In the discourse of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ham said OAITH began noticing much femicides successful Ontario erstwhile the state reopened, apt arsenic a effect of women trying to permission their abusers.

“When survivors permission oregon marque a program to leave, for immoderate of them that tin beryllium the astir unsafe time,” she said.

If you oregon idiosyncratic you cognize is successful situation and needs help, resources are available. In lawsuit of an emergency, delight telephone 911 for contiguous assistance. For a much broad database of resources, click here.

Get help:

Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Toll-free: 1-866-863-0511
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-863-7868

Get help:

Shelter Safe: Network of women’s shelters crossed Canada
Canadian Family Law Lawyers Network
Phone: 1-888-660-4869
Legal Aid Domestic Abuse Hotline
Phone: 1-800-668-8258
Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham
Phone: 1-877-454-4035
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Phone: 416-323-9149 ext. 234
Email: info@schliferclinic.com

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