“Every year in Canada, more than 100,000 women and children leave their homes to seek safety in a shelter.”
Firearms, most often long-guns — rifles and shotguns — are an all too frequent element of domestic violence and women and children in these situations suffer disproportionately from a lack of controls on firearms.
Every year in Canada, more than 100,000 women and children leave their homes to seek safety in a shelter. Gun violence is present in many of these cases, taking such forms as intimidation, control and homicide. Studies and coroner inquests have shown that rates of homicide in domestic violence situations increase significantly when there is a firearm in the home. Long guns are the guns most likely to be used in domestic violence situations.
Many women’s groups voiced their opposition to Bill C-19 (Ending the Long-gun Registry Act), fearing that it will put women at even greater risk. Women’s groups and safety experts were given limited opportunity to provide input during Parliamentary study of the Bill.