In Canada, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is defined as “violence that is inflicted upon a person or persons due to their gender identity, gender expression, or perceived gender” (Statistics Canada). Physical, emotional, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual abuse are all examples of GBV.
Intimate-partner violence (IPV) and family violence are two common forms of GBV. IPV often referred to as spousal or domestic abuse, involves multiple aspects of harm perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. Any kind of abuse, mistreatment, or neglect suffered by someone of any age from a family member or other domestic/familial relationship is referred to as Family Violence.
The COVID-19 pandemic has unearthed and highlighted the existing barriers and obstacles faced by those in abusive situations and the pre-existing gender-based inequalities that remain unattended. As restrictive measures, such as social and physical isolation, are being enforced to flatten the curve, there are increased barriers for those living in abusive environments to find means of escape in search of safety.
Help and support are available. This resource list is meant to be a starting point for those who are currently experiencing domestic violence or are supporting someone who is.