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Statement by the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

National Day Of Remembrance And Action On Violence Against Women

Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Steve Sullivan, today released the following statement to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada:

Today my thoughts are with the women in Canada who have been victims of violence, and with the families and loved ones who have lost their mothers, their sisters, their daughters and their friends to violent crime.

Violence against women affects all of us in our communities, countries and around the world. For example, we know that in almost 40% of cases where women were assaulted by their spouses, children witnessed the violence against them (either directly or indirectly) and that in many cases the violence was severe1. The consequences this can have on children and their development cannot be underestimated.

Beyond the emotional scars, violence against women has an impact on our collective productivity and economy. Studies of the economic costs of violence against women to victims and society estimate that costs to health, criminal justice, social services and lost productivity range in the billions of dollars2.

Today, on this the National Day of Remembrance and Action, I encourage everyone to consider how well we are addressing the issue of violence in our communities, and how we can work together to provide a safer world for women. We must learn from, and build on, our past successes and failures to make communities safer and services more accessible for women to come forward.

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.

Media contact:

Christina McDonald
Telephone: 613-941-3428
Email: christina.mcdonald@ombudsman.gc.ca