- A woman was held captive by a man for 15 hours in a tent encampment at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, BC, while he broke all her fingers and burned her with cigarettes, before she was able to get away to an emergency hotel shelter run by Atira Women’s Resource Society. CTV News reports:
“A new study from trends data provider SEMrush says average searches for domestic abuse hotlines increased across Canada, with B.C. having the highest increase.
The company took the average number of searches for “domestic abuse/violence hotlines” in each province and compared the searches to their populations. B.C. had the highest search interest ratio, followed closely by Alberta, according to the company.”
- The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is calling for a national action plan to address the increase in violence against Indigenous women during the COVID-19 lockdown.
- The former French president, François Hollande, addressed the 60 per cent global increase in domestic violence amidst the coronavirus lockdown, coming out in support of educating school children about the unacceptability of violence in the home and a new app that helps women discreetly report abuse.
- Male prisoners transferred to UK women’s jails under gender identity claims have committed seven sex attacks on female prisoners between 2010 and 2018.
- Last Friday, the State of Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf, signed legislation making Pennsylvania the third US state to ban child marriage.