Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, has issued the following statement on the Province’s ongoing support for women and children experiencing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Home should be a safe place for everyone, but for many, that is not the case. Women, children and non-binary people are often at a higher risk of domestic and targeted violence, and this danger has only increased during this stressful time. As this pandemic requires us to stay home and keep our distance from friends and extended family, people facing violence or abuse – many with children – need our help more than ever to find a safe place to stay.
“As of today, the Province has secured nearly 300 additional spaces in communities throughout B.C. for people leaving violent or unstable situations, with more spaces to come. These are in addition to more than 100 transition houses and safe homes that the Province funds on an ongoing basis.
“If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse, please contact VictimLinkBC at 1 800 563-0808 or by email: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca
“They can connect you to these supports and are available to help 24/7 with service in multiple languages.
“Domestic and sexual abuse is not a private matter to be kept behind closed doors. Violence should never be tolerated – not during this pandemic and not ever. It’s wrong, and we will be there for people who need our help and a safe place to go, day or night.”
Information on safe homes is also available on the BC Housing website: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/women-fleeing-violence/transition-houses-safe-homes
For a French translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Safe-Spaces_COVID_Traditional-FR.pdf
For a Chinese translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Safe-Spaces_COVID_Traditional-Chinese.pdf
For a Punjabi translation: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID_Update_Punjabi.pdf