Band-aid solution to domestic abuse
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