Domestic Violence Reform + Funding in Ontario

Domestic Violence Reform + Funding in Ontario

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Brandi Leifso started this petition to Doug Ford and

Domestic violence reform has been a topic of discussion for a long time, for good reason; 

  • Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner (Statistics Canada)

  • Domestic homicides account for a large proportion of homicides worldwide, particularly in high-income countries like Canada where 20% of homicides are domestic homicide (Source)

  • 92 women and girls were killed in the first six months of 2021, 14 more killings than over the same period last year and 32 more than in 2019. Over 55% of these were domestic (current/ex partner or family) (Source)

Not only are the laws poorly written and more than not go un-reprimanded, They are likely not to be reported at all; 

  • Both women who had called the police and the women who hadn’t called the police shared a strong reluctance to turning to law enforcement for help. More than 50% said calling the police would make things worse (Source)

  • More than 67% of the above said they were afraid the police would not believe them or do nothing.

Despite all of these hard hitting facts, there is no specific offence of family violence in the Criminal Code. Arguably, most offences including assault, sexual assault, homicide, trafficking are a part of the criminal code, but are less likely to be reported when it is a family member or intimate partner. Additionally, The Criminal Code also contains a number of special provisions that serve to protect victims such as, "no contact" orders, restraining orders or emergency protective orders until a trial or appeal however, according to Statistics Canada 33% reported that the terms were breached - many did not report for a number of reasons including fear of future abuse from their spouse and a lack of confidence in the police or the criminal justice system.

So, why do we continue to place 99% of Ontario’s funding for community safety and well-being into police budget - Specifically when it comes to domestic violence reform?

The way things have always been done doesn't work, it's time for change #DidIMakeMyselfClear 

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THE GOAL

Our goal is to get 1,000 signatures of domestic violence reform and funding supporters to accompany our open letter to Doug Ford (Premier of Ontario) and Doug Downey (Attorney General of Ontario) requesting ; 

1) A conversation with domestic violence survivors to co-created a plan and timeline for domestic violence reform, including but not limited to; reallocating funds from the domestic violence police unit to community organizations that support survivors and safety planning.

2) Reform to the reporting process of Domestic Violence & Intimate Partner Violence


Domestic violence reform and funding is not a localized shadow pandemic, it's global. We've decided to take the first step to make this change in our home province of Ontario Canada in hopes that it will create precedent for change on a larger scale.

**This petition and the #DidIMakeMyselfClear movement is powered by Evio Beauty Group Ltd. A beauty company on a mission to break stigmas with good-for-you beauty products and the belief that consumerism and community can inform policy. Evio actively donates, and participates in programming with 27 shelters across North America. In 2012 Evio was founded by Brandi Leifso while living in the Vancouver Rape Relief Shelter. A decade later, not a lot has changed - This is why we are leaning on the Evio Beauty platform and community to call for change. 

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