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Jun 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated incidences of intimate partner violence (IPV), with global reports indicating that rates of IPV have tripled in multiple regions.
IPV specific service agencies in Toronto have seen an increase of more than 50 cases per day. This demand is mirrored in mobile helplines, such as the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, which has reported a quadrupling of daily calls. At least nine women and girls across Canada have been killed in what are believed to be domestic homicides in just over a month during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to multiple media reports.