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Government of Canada introduces legislation to combat intimate partner violence

COQUITLAM, BC, April 1, 2021 /CNW/ - Intimate-partner violence (IPV) hurts victims as well as their families. IPV can and does occur in all settings and among all socioeconomic, religious and cultural groups. Abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal or financial, and women and children are the most frequent victims. The violence associated with IPV can be particularly terrifying and is more often fatal when the abuser has access to a firearm.

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting public safety and combatting IPV. On February 16, 2021, the Government introduced new firearms legislation to keep Canadians safe and to make sure that guns stay out of the hands of people who may pose a serious risk to themselves or others.

Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, participated in a virtual roundtable with organizations in Coquitlam that support victims of intimate-partner violence and gender-based violence. During their discussion, the Minister highlighted the important work carried out in supporting women and other individuals at risk. The Minister also had the opportunity to detail how the Government's proposed firearms legislation is designed to help prevent and deter intimate-partner violence, including:

This legislation builds on previous measures to keep guns out of our communities, including prohibiting assault-style firearms, expanding background checks for firearms licence applicants to cover their lifetime, including a history of domestic violence and making online threats, and providing $327.6 million through the Initiative To Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence to support provincial, territorial and community-level prevention and enforcement efforts to tackle the increase in gun-related violence and gang activity.

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"Intimate-partner violence, in any relationship and at any time, is wrong. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it isn't happening among your family, your friends and your neighbours. Most IPV victims are women. They are afraid - not only for themselves but for their children - and they suffer in silence. Their fear increases when their abuser owns, or has access to, a firearm. Our Government is committed to strengthening gun control measures - including introducing red flag laws - that would give IPV victims the power to quickly remove firearms from their abuser."

- The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

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