from CTV News Ottawa:
Ottawa city council has declared intimate partner violence an epidemic.
The motion, which council passed on International Women’s Day, implements the top recommendation of last year’s inquest into the murders of three women in the Ottawa Valley.
“This motion joins our voices with voices of cities and communities across the province who are acknowledging that violence is not private, and it’s not just a few bad apples,” Coun. Theresa Kavanagh told council. “It’s a systemic and pervasive problem. We can start by breaking the silence by naming it an epidemic.”
Ottawa follows in the footsteps of Lanark County, which declared intimate partner violence an epidemic in December, the first rural county to do so.
An inquest into the 2015 deaths of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam made 86 recommendations. The first recommendation was to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic.
Read the full CTV News article.
View all 86 CWK Inquest Jury Recommendations.
Explore the Culleton, Kuzyk & Warmerdam (CKW) Inquest advocacy toolkit compiled by Luke’s Place.
To gain a greater understanding of these recommendations in the context of Thunder Bay, check out our 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign (2022), which highlighted several of the recommendations in relation to our ongoing work at the Women’s Centre.
Explore the VAW Learning Network’s new resource Expanding on Lessons from a Rural Inquest: Addressing Questions and Providing Support for Action