Do­mes­tic Homi­cide in Canada

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - Source: www.silen­twit­nesss­no­vas­co­

Be­tween 1991 and 2010 in Canada, 1,249 women were vic­tims of in­ti­mate part­ner homi­cide. Although each woman has her own unique story, their deaths —to­gether — re­veal many com­mon fac­tors:

• Home is not a safe haven, nor is the work­place;

• Oc­curs in all parts of the prov­ince, both ur­ban and ru­ral;

• In all ages, back­grounds and in-come lev­els;

• Oc­curs at all lev­els of in­ti­mate in­volve­ment;

• End­ing a re­la­tion­ship does not end the risk of vi­o­lence;

• Women leav­ing a vi­o­lent rela-tion­ship are of­ten stalked;

• Younger women are more at risk of be­ing killed by ex-part­ners;

• Women in com­mon-law re­la­tion-ships are at a greater risk of fam­ily vi­o­lence and mur­der

• Drugs and al­co­hol can es­ca­late the vi­o­lence;

• Homes with firearms can be deadly for women;

• Pre­vi­ous his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, past crim­i­nal record and men­tal ill­ness are all risk fac­tors.

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