What’s Current: Canada announces $40M in COVID-19 funding for homeless and women’s shelters

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  • The Canadian government is releasing $30 million in funding for domestic violence and sexual assault centers, and another $10 million to support refuges for Indigenous women and children.
  • The Samoa Victim Support Group reports that domestic violence has continued unabated during the COVID-19 crisis, as families go hungry and fear for lack of work.
  • South African Police Minister Bheki Cele says that police have been deluged with around 87,000 domestic violence reports.
  • A Will County, Illinois man, shot a woman he was living with, and then himself, claiming fear of a coronavirus infection that autopsies showed they did not have. Law enforcement in the area report that the majority of crimes reported to them since the shelter-in-place recommendations began have been domestic violence-related.
  • Naomi Cahn, a George Washington University law professor, examines the ways that the epidemic is affecting household divisions of labour and women’s employment, as women constitute nearly 80 per cent of healthcare workers in the US.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.