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Strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence: A year in review
In 2017, It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) put in place a plan to end GBV in Canada. One year later, here is what we’ve accomplished together.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada invited organizations to submit applications for projects to prevent teen/youth dating violence.
- Prime Minister’s Youth Council provided advice to SWC on ways of engaging youth in a conversation to change attitudes on GBV.
- 40,000 pledges to end GBV from thousands of Canadians at the 2017 Grey Cup Championship
Support for survivors and their families
- $20 million announced for projects to address gaps in supports for Indigenous women and their communities and other underserved groups of survivors in Canada
- 7,000 new or repaired shelter beds for women across Canada as part of the National Housing Strategy
- 1st national symposium dedicated to women’s housing issues
- $4,123,000 announced to protect children from sexual exploitation on the Internet through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection
- 13 Family Information Liaison Units established to provide trauma-informed services to families of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls
- $6 million to test interventions to promote the health of survivors of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence
Responsive legal and justice systems
- 2,225 sexual assault case files—and counting—reviewed by the RCMP following the Globe and Mail’s Unfounded series
- Criminal Code changes to clarify aspects of sexual assault law relating to consent, as well as intimate partner violence offenses
- $500,000 to the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women to adapt the Philadelphia Model and pilot the approach in eleven Ontario communities
- $12 million over three years for projects under the Victims Fund to improve the criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assaults against adults
Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre
- 1st ongoing national survey on GBV in Canada officially launched
- Indigenous Women’s Circle created to advise Status of Women Canada’s actions on issues of importance, including GBV
- New data on the state of violent victimization of women with disabilities, immigrants, and visible minorities; cyberstalking; police-reported sexual assaults; and self-reported sexual assaults
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