Petition Launched in Support of Senate Domestic Violence Bill

A petition has been launched to support a Quebec senator’s bill aimed at combating domestic violence and violence against women.

Invoice S-205tabled by Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu last November, would modify the criminal codeProvisions in the bail to allow the use of electronic monitoring devices and court-mandated therapy sessions for alleged abusers, among other changes. the petition Calls on the federal government to support and enforce Bill S-205 while taking steps to ensure the physical safety of victims and ways to raise awareness and prevent domestic violence.

It is sponsored by Conservative MP Karen Vecchio, her party’s Shadow Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, who unveiled the petition at a press conference on May 17 alongside Boisvenu and her colleague Raquel Dancho.

“We’ve seen victims of violence too often get caught in the middle of the justice system,” Vecchio said. “Ultimately, it’s our job to fix the system. It’s our job to protect victims and ensure that our institutional systems are in place to serve and protect victims.

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

According to a report by the Ontario Women’s Justice Network (OWJN), 173 women were murdered across the country in 2021, and 50% of those murders occurred in the context of domestic violence, which represents 13 more women than in 2020.

Boisvenu, who founded the Association of Families of Persons Assassinated or Disappeared after the murder of his daughter in 2002, said the petition “was launched to be signed by Canadians in solidarity with the victims and their loved ones and in the purpose of getting this important bill passed.” And the association’s current vice-president, Geneviève Caumartin, said too many women are being killed as a result of their decision to leave toxic relationships.

“We make it our duty to support the adoption of Bill S-205 and to invite the public to sign this petition in order to ensure better protection for women who are victims of domestic violence and to save lives,” said she declared.

Bill S-205 has passed second reading in the Senate and is before a committee.

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Norman D. Briggs