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e-2881 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Karen Kilbride from Surrey, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Relationship violence is any form of physical, emotional, spiritual, or financial abuse, negative social control, neglect or coercion, that is suffered by anyone who has a bond or relationship with the offender;
  • Violence in relationships impacts Canadians at all levels of society, regardless of socio-economic status, education level, religious affiliation, ethnicity, gender or age;
  • Relationship violence is an issue in homes, schools, post-secondary institutions, workplaces and in society;
  • Children who are raised in homes where domestic violence is witnessed, will suffer health and emotional trauma throughout their lives;
  • Intergenerational learned behaviour normalizes violent behaviour in relationships;
  • Victims of violence, and families bearing the stress of violence, can be found in all communities;
  • We suffer violence in relationships from conception to the grave;
  • The cost to Canadian society due to lost economic productivity and wages, social services costs, court costs, illness, physical injury, mental illness and death is estimated to be in the billions of dollars;
  • 12% of all violent crimes are related to relationship violence and 25% of calls to local police are related to relationship violence in couples; and
  • We cannot accept, we will not accept, that violence is a normal part of human relationships.
We, the undersigned, citizens (or residents) of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to develop a national prevention plan that includes a media campaign on healthy relationships and the consequences of relationship violence and to proactively address educational goals and societal change to establish a society with healthier and happier relationships.
Open for signature
October 22, 2020, at 4:47 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 20, 2021, at 4:47 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Lindsay Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)
February 26, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00602)
Photo - Lindsay Mathyssen
New Democratic Party Caucus
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