REPORT: TIGHT SPACE SEES SHELTERS TURN AWAY WOMEN FLEEING VIOLENCE

Apr 28, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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Many woman fleeing domestic violence are being turned away from shelters that are full or overcrowded and even going to other provinces to escape.
Those are just some of the findings of the third annual Shelter Voices report from the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses.
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The group found in the last year, eight in 10 women’s shelters across Canada have taken in a woman from another province.
Executive Director Lise Martin says this reinforces the need for a national action plan to ensure comparable levels of service across provinces and territories.
The federal budget promises nearly $90-million over two years would allow for the creation or renovation of 3,000 spaces.
If half went to new spaces that would mean two new shelters for each province.
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