Domestic Abuse

Elliot Rodger Killed Women Because He Believed He Was Superior To Them

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

If you are a man and reading this, you might be thinking "But not all men would hurt women." That's true. Not all men would. But all women have been dehumanized by a man. That's what's forgotten in this conversation -- there's so much defensiveness from men. Please listen to what we have to say. We're telling you that this happens enough that every woman has a story. Not all men do this, but enough men do that the default is to be distrustful and wary around men. Elliot Rodger believed in the lies the Men's Rights Activist Movement told him.

Don't Let Speaking Out Be a Taboo

Mina Mawani | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Mina Mawani

How is it that we live in a culture where speaking out is still taboo? A culture where so many blame victims for their own abuse. Where women are afraid to report or seek assistance because they worry that they will not be believed? But today and every day, I choose not to be heartbroken.

No Kidding: Sexist Jokes Aren't Funny, They're Hostile

Toula Drimonis | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

"I like my violence like I like my beer: domestic" This was the recent Facebook status of popular east-end Montreal bar, Nacho Libre, whose social media manager somehow thought it completely appropriate to publish this cringe-inducing "joke." Isn't domestic abuse a riot? Sexist jokes are not funny -- they're hostile.

Parents, Remember You Are Your Child's Number One Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Teach your children well -- teach them about life and love and joy and sorrow. Teach them to be honest and kind. Teach them to be thoughtful and generous. Teach your children to care for others. Let your own life be the living textbook that your children read. May it be among the most inspiring books they ever open!

B.C. Steps Up Fight Against Domestic Violence

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The B.C. government is developing a domestic violence program that would include specific approaches to help aboriginal, immigrant, refugee...

Why Women Stay in Abusive Relationships

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

We've all seen the recent headlines with high profile allegations of domestic abuse. I can't count the number of times I've heard friends and family ask the same question of those stories: "why doesn't she just leave?" Too many people assume that if a woman is in an abusive relationship that she is making a choice to stay and that she has the power to end the abuse if she just leaves.

Not Our Jobs: Emotional Responsibility and Sexism

Katie Heindl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Heindl

There's a pretty levelling quote of Germaine Greer's: "Women have no idea how much men hate them." It's the kind of quote that not only knocks you ass-backwards but continues to unfurl in front of you, because the volume it speaks is only really matched by the layers in which it's applicable.

What Would You Do if Your Spouse Was Your Rapist?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Lawrence D. Elliott

This week, I had a drink with a very good friend. He's currently in a relationship with a wonderful woman whose ex-husband, the father of her children also happens to be the man who raped and brutally sodomized her for the last four years of their nine-year marriage. No one believed the story of her ordeal. No one in her family. Not one of her friends. Disbelief is a cruel after-effect of rape. It's also the trump card of the rapist. The burden is all too often placed on the victim, not the perpetrator. And when it's a spouse, he knows how to make the victim feel so worthless, guilty and low, that she'll avoid doing what is necessary.

Hope Is Greater Than Fear

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Sandra Hawken Diaz

The most dangerous time for an abused women is when she attempts to leave her abuser. And although Canada has more than 400 emergency shelters, in some communities women and their children are regularly turned away because the shelters are full.

Know A Woman Who's Been Abused? You're Far From Alone

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Sandra Hawken Diaz

I wasn't prepared for 67 per cent. According to a new survey released today by the Canadian Women's Foundation, that's the percentage of Canadians who personally know a woman who's been physically or sexually abused. Imagine what that number would be if the silence ended.

"No One Ever Says 'I Want to Grow Up Homeless'"

Caroline Mulroney Lapham | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Caroline Mulroney Lapham

How does a woman who was abused by her father and addicted to drugs by her parents at that age ever get back on her feet? How does she grow up to become a functioning member of society? It can be hard enough for people with parents who care for them to succeed in life and find happiness, but with criminal acts perpetrated by family members this seems impossible.

I'm a Feminist Because My Mother Was Abused

Donald D'Haene | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

My mother's life is why I am the feminist I am. From the moment I saw her crying, holding her just-hit face, looking into my four-year-old eyes in helplessness, I knew she was something and I would dedicate my life to making her believe it. I once spoke at an event in which I touched on my mother's story. Imagine my surprise when I was later informed, by a woman no less, that one man in the audience didn't like my saying that I was a feminist and said that those he was with felt the same way. She hoped it would be food for thought for me.

Almost 100,000 Canadians Are Victims Of Family Violence: StatsCan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says about 99,000 Canadians were victims of family violence in 2010, with spouses accounting for almost half the abuse.The ...

Domestic Violence Offenders Likely To Offend Again Once Out On Bail

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new Justice Department study suggests a significant number of men released on bail after allegedly beating up their partners return home to...

Blinding Victim Worries For Her Future

CBC | Posted 08.24.2011 | Canada

UPDATE: UBC has set up a website for donations for Rumana Monzur. Her friends and members of the community are also organizing a rally in Vancouver on...

Support Grows For UBC Student Blinded In Attack

CBC | Posted 08.23.2011 | Canada

CBC -- Support continues to grow for a University of British Columbia graduate student allegedly blinded by her husband. Rumana Manzur, who is purs...