Sexual violence: $5.5 million for telephone help lines

Violence violence: $5.5 million for telephone help lines

There are 7 women victims of domestic violence out of 1,000 in Montreal North, according to a report published in 2019.

On January 24, Ottawa announced $5.5 million in funding for telephone help lines helping victims of sexual violence throughout Quebec. Rachel Bendayan, Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Outremont, made the announcement on behalf of Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth Marci Ien.

“The crisis lines funded by our federal government will guarantee access to emergency services for women fleeing domestic violence in Quebec,” the MP for Outremont said in a press release. This investment will allow the crisis line to provide higher quality services and resources during this critical time. The Government of Canada is a clear champion of everyone's right to live free from violence, and we believe that to end gender-based violence, we must work together.”

Women and Gender and Youth Equality argues in the same press release that in 2021, almost half (49%) of shelters surveyed reported an increase in the number of crisis calls received since the start of the crisis. pandemic.

SOS violence conjugale, a front-line service in Quebec, estimates that it received 7,000 more calls in 2020-2021 than in 2019-2020. The number can reach 200 per day, while the average would be 90 in 2019.

In Quebec, in 2021, 18,351 people were victims of violent offenses likely to cause injury in a context marital. This represents an increase of almost 50% (48%) compared to the 12,383 victims counted in 2005. cause injury.

The press release from Women and Gender Equality and Youth also states that in October 2021, 17.6% of women in Quebec had an index of domestic violence. The Montreal region would be the most affected in the province with 22.5% of women in a couple showing an index of domestic violence.

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