FEMICIDE Report Reveals, in Canada, Especially in Ontario, Women and Girls Are Being Killed Every Other Day Because They Are Women and Girls

Excerpts from the new report ..
Worldwide, women face the greatest risk of femicide in the context of their intimate relationships with men and this is true for women in Canada as well.
In the first eight months of 2018, 106 women and girls have been killed in Canada, primarily by men. On average, this is one woman or girl killed every other day in this country – a consistent trend for four decades
The CFOJA (Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability) defines femicide as the killing of women and girls because they are women and girls primarily, but not exclusively, by men.
1. Femicide is a distinct form of homicide that warrants its own label. When women and girls are killed, it is almost always by men in the context of their intimate relationships and/or the result of sexual violence. This is very different from the killings of men, which are more commonly the result of male-on-male violence by friends, acquaintances and strangers, a finding that is consistently documented nationally (David, 2017) and
internationally (UNODC 2013).
2. Given the above, regardless of whether the homicide victims are women or men, the perpetrators are most commonly, and overwhelmingly, men. As such, men are commonly both victims and perpetrators of homicide. Women are primarily victims.
3. Finally, the CFOJA is the only Canadian initiative responding to the international call from the United Nations for every country to establish femicide watches or observatories …
  • During the first eight months of 2018, 106 women and girls were killed in Canada, primarily by men. On average, this means that one woman or girl is killed every other day in this country, a consistent trend during the past four decades.
  • There is increasing attention to the vulnerability of older women because of their growing representation in the population. Almost one-third of the femicide victims were aged 55 and older, supporting the recognized need for priority attention to this group of victims.
  • Indigenous women and girls continue to be over represented as victims of femicide
  • Almost half of the femicide victims were killed in their homes. This means that women are at greatest risk where they should feel safest.
  • Shooting was the most common method of killing where this information was documented.
  • One-third of identified accused were male partners of the victims. Three-quarters of these accused were still in an intimate partner relationship with the victim and one quarter were in dating relationships. These patterns underscore the importance of pending Criminal Code changes to capture dating relationships and current legislation which directs judges to treat intimacy as an aggravating factor in sentencing.

Click on this link to read the full report https://femicideincanada.ca/sites/default/files/2018-09/CFOJA%20FINAL%20REPORT%20ENG%20V3.pdf

Also visit the site https://www.femicideincanada.ca

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December 6, 2018


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