Alongside the devastating toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, a shadow pandemic is taking place in Canada, with rates of intimate partner violence rising by up to 30 percent.
This includes coercive control, a pattern of behaviour used to regulate and dominate another person’s daily life, stripping away their freedom and sense of self. These acts are dangerous, often leading to escalating violence – including lethal violence.
In a recent report, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights recommended Canada criminalize coercive control, giving the police and justice system a powerful tool to intervene in domestic violence cases, and victims the opportunity to be heard and protected.
If this petition receives at least 500 signatures By June 13, the Government will be required to table a response.
Please join us in preventing further violence: sign the petition today, and urge your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours to sign.
Update: The petition received 1,020 signatures from Canadians across the country. Thank you! Please watch our blog for more actions you can take in support of this measure.