Violence Against Women (VAW) will support low-income isolated mothers to stay “on grid” with digital devices, phone calls, and internet connection in a more digital, socially isolated, post-COVID world.
Funded through Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), the Mothers Matter Centre will build the capacity of 120 staff (immigrant, refugee and Indigenous women) that deliver home visitation programs to 1200 vulnerable and isolated mothers at almost 30 partner sites across Canada. Vulnerable immigrant and Indigenous mothers will be able to access resources and support to prevent violence against women within their homes. When cases of violence are identified, women will receive robust referrals.
In Canada, a women is killed by her intimate partner every six days and Indigenous women are killed at six times the rate of non-Indigenous women. More than 6000 women and children are forced to sleep in shelters on any given night because it is unsafe at home. During COVID-19, Canada witnessed violence against women plummet. Women who were already vulnerable and isolated were at more risk than ever of experiencing violence for the first time or suffering from increased or more severe violence.
This project will work to launch a strategic campaign that will target men through ethnic media and broadcast key messages in multiple languages to destigmatize discussion around violence against women within communities.
Canadians collectively spend 7.4 billion dollars each year to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence. MMC hopes its multi-pronged prevention approach will help reduce violence against women and in time, associated costs for taxpayers.