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Out of Violence

Everyone should be free and safe. You can support survivors of gender-based violence to get the help they need to heal and rebuild their lives.

Gender-based violence, including intimate partner abuse, sexual violence, and emotional abuse, happens at alarming rates in Canada. On average, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days. And sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada that is not declining. Some are at even greater risk of gender-based violence and have less access to relevant services, including Indigenous women, young women, and women with disabilities.

Leaving an abusive relationship, reporting an assault, or seeking help after violence can be difficult and has its own risks. Those who do have to navigate a maze to get safe housing, legal help, a good job, childcare, health services, affordable counselling, and more.

On any given night, 3,491 women and their 2,724 children seek refuge in a shelter to escape violence. But many are turned away because space is not always available.

Why is ending violence urgent?

  • Gender equality will not be achieved if diverse women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people are not safe from gendered violence and the threat and fear of violence.
  • Violence harms those who are directly victimized most of all, and it also harms their families and communities.
  • It has a profound effect on children. Those who witness violence in their home experience twice the rate of psychiatric disorders as children from non-violent homes. Research shows they’re more likely to be in violence relationships later on too.
  • Beyond the dire human suffering it causes, gender-based violence costs billions of dollars every year. $7.4 billion is spent dealing with the aftermath of spousal violence alone.

Ending Violence and Rebuilding Lives

The Canadian Women’s Foundation invests in programs that prevent and intervene in situations of gender-based violence. They provide services such as emergency shelter, help to rebuild life after abuse, sexual assault and exploitation crisis support, and healthy relationship education for teens. They take the complex steps necessary to break the cycle of this violence in our communities.

Icon of person teaching at screenTeen healthy relationship grants for young people of all genders to learn about dating violence, sexual assault, and how to build safe and healthy relationships

Icon of hands and heartRebuilding Lives grants to help survivors find safe housing, sexual violence support, counselling, and legal support and help child witnesses to violence

Icon of person teaching at screenGrants to meet women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people facing exploitation where they’re at to help them find safety and rebuild their lives

    • How your support helps to address gender-based violence
      Program Spotlight: OnyxWorksOnyxWorks helps young women who have experienced exploitation to access employment and mentorship opportunities as well as intensive one-on-one support, skills training, and a 10-week job placement. Participants gain the experience and skills they need to get safe employment.

    Building Excellence Beyond the Local Program

    Help create a Canada where every survivor is supported, the cycle of violence is interrupted, and gender-based violence becomes a thing of the past.

    We support regional and national service providers to coordinate their work, share promising practices, do research on new approaches to end violence, and influence decision-makers to approach violence prevention and intervention in the most effective ways.

    Join The Tireless

    Imagine homes and communities that are free from abuse and fear of violence. Preventing and ending gender-based violence is critical to building a gender-equal Canada.

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