Violence against Women , Sex trafficking and Domestic Abuse
It is estimated that collectively Canadians spend $7.4 Billion a year to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone. This figure includes immediate costs of emergency room visits, loss of income. It also includes tangible costs of funerals, and intangible costs of pain, and suffering and trauma.Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
67% of Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Out of the 83 police-reported intimate partner homicides in 2014, 67 of the victims—over 80%—were women.
On any given night in Canada, 3,491 women and their 2,724 children sleep in shelters because it isn't safe at home. On any given night, about 300 women and children are turned away because shelters are already full. There were 1,181 cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada between 1980 and 2012, according to the RCMP.However, according to grassroots organizations and the Minister of the Status of Women the number is much higher, closer to 4,000.
Aboriginal women are killed at six times the rate of non-aboriginal women
Women are at greater risk of experiencing elder abuse from a family member, accounting for 60% of senior survivors of family violence.
Cyber violence, which includes online threats, harassment, and stalking, has emerged as an extension of violence against Women, and girls.
Emotional or verbal abuse: Threatening to kill her (or to kill the children, other family members or pets), threatening to commit suicide, making humiliating or degrading comments about her body or behavior, forcing her to commit degrading acts, isolating her from friends or family, confining her to the house, destroying her possessions, and other actions designed to demean her or to restrict her freedom and independence.
Financial abuse: Stealing or controlling her money or valuables (of particular concern to older women). Forcing her to work. Denying her the right to work .Spiritual abuse: Using her religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, and control her. Criminal harassment: Following her or watching her in a persistent, malicious, and unwanted manner. Invading her privacy in a way that threatens her personal safety
About 26% of all women who are murdered by their spouse had left the relationship. Almost 60% of all dating violence happens after the relationship has ended.
Women sometimes stay because they are financially dependent on their partner; leaving an abusive relationship may involve a choice between violence and poverty.
The mental health consequences of abuse can make it difficult for women to leave a relationship. Sixty-four per cent of battered women exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to both police-reported and self-reported data, younger women are at a much higher risk of violent victimization. The rates of violent crime against women aged 15 to 24 are 42% higher than rates for women aged 25 to 34, and nearly double the rates of women aged 35 to 44.
Sex trafficking is forced prostitution and an extreme form of violence against women. Victims have no choice and no voice. Like other forms of human trafficking, such as forced labour, sex trafficking is a crime. Many survivors are recruited through a betrayal of trust or the promise of a better life, then manipulated, intimidated, confined, threatened, and beaten. Many are forced into debt-bondage or drug addiction. Few escape, and those who do, face a long and lonely journey to recovery.Violence against women comes in many forms, but for those with no voice, we can lend them ours! We can help learn the facts, and share the facts.
We would like to help increase awareness, and shine the light on this cause. We will donate 5 % of each scrub treatment sold in Canada to assist survivor's of domestic violence,and sex trafficking. So each family can live with dignity and hope. We all know women that have suffered the humiliation and fear that comes with violence, it's a reality in our communities.
Denise & Nicole