Montreal: the opposition wants an action plan on domestic violence

A year after asking for an action plan to support victims of domestic violence, the official opposition in Montreal is coming back to ask for something concrete.

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“We have just had a very dark year in terms of domestic violence and feminicides and we must multiply preventive actions to ensure that we are never again confronted with such a heavy toll,” said Stéphanie Valenzuela, spokesperson for Ensemble Montréal on gender diversity and the status of women.

In 2021, the party proposed a motion to this effect, which was then unanimously adopted by the city council. He will again propose to elected officials to vote on a motion on this subject on March 21.

Among the measures requested, the opposition wants the City to offer free transportation for victims arriving in a shelter, and to set up a free temporary storage service.

The party also wants Montreal to take part in the “Allied Workplaces Against Domestic Violence” awareness and certification program set up by the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victims de violence conjugale.

On the side of Projet Montréal, it is indicated that the problem is a source of “constant concern”, and that the motion of the opposition will be “discussed” at the next municipal council.

“Nothing can justify the murder of a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend. This is why we are fully mobilized and attentive to the demands of the community in order to eradicate this scourge in the metropolis”, underlined Joséfina Blanco, responsible for the file within the executive committee of the City.

She adds that the administration has supported the launch of a crisis unit, set up a section specializing in domestic violence at the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), and that it is working with the government to improve the funding for emergency shelters.

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