According to the BCFed, almost a third of all reported violent crime in Canada in 2017 was intimate partner violence (IPV) and, in BC, 78% of reported IPV was against women. IPV and sexual violence also affects Indigenous women, racialized women, trans women, and women with disabilities disproportionately. These statistics are just the tip of the iceberg on this critical issue.
That’s why the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition wrote a submission to the Paid Leave for Domestic or Sexual Violence Consultation. We believe that providing paid leave for domestic and sexual violence as part of a comprehensive set of strong employment standards to protect workers is an important element of an accountable, bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan.
Click here to read the full submission