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MPs, advocates call for funding, education, action to crush ‘shadow pandemic’ of domestic violence

By Alice Chen      

The approach taken needs to get to the 'root causes of violence … and provide support for survivors under a cohesive framework,' says Paulette Senior, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Recent legislation, including bills tabled by NDP MP Randall Garrison, left, Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, and Conservative MP Jacques Gourde, aims to tackle issues surrounding domestic violence in Canada. Justice Committee chair Iqra Khalid, right, says the Liberals have already taken other steps to target domestic violence. Photograph courtesy of the NDP, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photograph, and photograph by Sam Garcia

There’s been some movement in the push to end domestic violence through proposed legislation, but these approaches aren’t enough, experts say, especially at a time when a “shadow pandemic” of family violence and femicide is on the rise.

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