November 25 is a day that raises awareness about how women around the world are often subjected to various forms of violence.
November 25, 1960 – Dominican Republic political activists, the Mirabal sisters, were assassinated by Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo.
November 25, 1981 – activists at the Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Encuentros marked this day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women more broadly.
December 17, 1999 – the date receives its official United Nations resolution
What are forms of violence?
The United Nations defines violence against women as harm that is:
- Canadians collective spend $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone, according to the Department of Justice. This includes costs such as emergency room visits, loss of income, funerals.
- The majority of spousal violence victims are women, representing 83% of all victims.
- Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
- 4 in 10 women victimized by their spouse report being physically injured (42%), more than twice the proportion of male victims (18%)
- Women are three times more likely to report being beaten, choked, sexually assaulted, or threatened with a gun or knife by their partner or ex-partner.
- Women are more likely to experience multiple victimizations, according to self-reported data.
What is LAO doing?
LAO has a Domestic Violence Strategy that attempts to address the legal issues that domestic violence survivors experience by:
- Making it easier to access services
- Improving the way LAO staff, community legal clinics, and private lawyers provide legal help
- Working with community groups to bring about sustainable change
- Department of Justice Canada (2009). An Estimation of the Economic Impact of Spousal Violence in Canada.
- Statistics Canada (2009). Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile. Ottawa, ON: Minister of Industry.
- Statistics Canada (1993). The Violence Against Women Survey. Although more up-to-date data would be preferable, no recent Statistics Canada survey has asked women about their life-time experience of violence.
- Statistics Canada (2013). Measuring violence against women: Statistical trends. Ottawa, ON: Minister of Industry.