Band-aid so­lu­tion to do­mes­tic abuse

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

Re: Shel­ter ho­tel chain part­ner to help vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,

Women and chil­dren flee­ing vi­o­lence is a con­tin­u­ing con­cern. Cal­gary Women’s Emer­gency Shel­ter’s Kim Ruse said it best: “If you are hav­ing to self-iso­late with your abuser, it can be tor­ture.”

There are a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims can con­tact, which is won­der­ful. How­ever, they are at ca­pac­ity, so thank you to the ho­tel chain for open­ing its rooms.

I ac­knowl­edge and agree with the plan to have a safety net for women and their kids. How­ever, have we again put a Band-aid on the is­sue? Are we ready to take real ac­tion? The over­all pic­ture is an ugly and scary pan­demic where self-iso­la­tion, so­cial dis­tanc­ing, hand wash­ing or wear­ing masks does not af­fect do­mes­tic abuse.

COVID-19 may have our at­ten­tion but it is play­ing a fright­en­ing role as abu­sive part­ners are us­ing it to con­trol their vic­tims.

Brian Foster, Cal­gary

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