We are paying so much attention to the pandemic that it is easy to ignore the epidemic. News headlines about women killed, missing or assaulted have become so ubiquitous that they barely register anymore. The past few weeks alone give a disturbing snapshot of a widespread problem that has been escalating since the spring. On Oct. 6, a woman in her 50s was killed in a family home in Mississauga, Ont. On Sept. 21, a 20-year-old woman was found murdered in her apartment in Hamilton, Ont. On Sept. 20, a young woman’s body was found in a burned vehicle in North Okanagan, B.C. These stories usually make headlines for a few days, before disappearing altogether.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, violence against women has spiked dramatically. Women’s shelters have reported significant increases in calls and police have reported higher than average domestic violence related occurrences. Isolation and the severing of work and family support networks have no doubt played a major role.
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