May 3rd, 2022
Statement in the House of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour
Here is my statement from May 3, 2022 reflecting my hope for action to address coercive and controlling behaviour.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today with renewed hope for action to address the crisis of coercive and controlling behaviour in Canada. I began this work at the start of the pandemic when I heard from police and frontline service providers who were all seeing a spike in domestic violence.
I still hear every week from those suffering from coercive and controlling behaviour and living in fear of the physical violence that nearly always follows. It remains a tragic fact that one woman dies at the hands of her partner every six days in this country. Many fear, not just for themselves, but also for the safety and well-being of their children and other family members.
The Justice Committee has tabled its report, “The Shadow Pandemic: Stopping Coercive and Controlling Behaviour in Intimate Relationships”, for a second time with unanimous support. I eagerly await the response from the government to our report.
Taking action to make coercive and controlling behaviour a criminal offence will send a clear message that this behaviour is in itself violence. Taking this action will give hope to survivors, allow earlier intervention, and help create a path to safety for those survivors.
You can watch the video of my statement on my FaceBook page here, https://fb.watch/cNiYyYI5HI/.