FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society has announced on social media that they have seen a very high rise in violence towards women since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Whether it’s systematic, lateral, physical, sexual, etc. they’ve seen every kind of violence.
According to some staff, this is the highest they’ve seen the numbers in years, stating that it has at minimum doubled from 2019, and it only seems to be getting worse as the months continue.
With high overdose numbers, the Women’s Resource Society has been going through Narcan kits quickly, and they’re starting to run low on food as well as Clorox wipes.
Violence against women isn’t just taking place in Fort St. John; CBC published an article in April 2020 saying the pandemic caused an increase in numbers in certain areas of the Country.
Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef, stated a 20 to 30 per cent increase in domestic violence.
Amnesty International even went to the United Nations for support with the increase of domestic violence against women.