BC pledges safe spaces for people experiencing violence during pandemic

Apr 9 2020, 11:17 am

The BC government has pledged support for women and children experiencing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, promised British Columbians that “if you reach out, we will make sure there is a safe space during this emergency, no matter where you live in BC.

“While people across the province are staying home to stem the spread of COVID-19 and protect us all, for some, home is not a safe place,” she said.

“We know that social isolation is making life harder for women and children who live in unstable or violent situations.”

Dean said BC Housing is currently working with the province’s partner organizations to assist women and children who could be trapped at home in dangerous situations.

“Violent and unstable homes are still an unacceptable reality for many people, and during times of crisis, levels of violence can increase,” said Dean.

“We may be distanced, but we are united in our work to help keep British Columbians safe. We are in this together, and together, we will get through this.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, contact VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808 or by email at [email protected]. VictimLinkBC can connect individuals to supports and has services available in multiple languages. More information is also available on the BC Housing website.

On Thursday, the BC Government also announced it is investing $5 million toward the expansion of existing mental health programs, as well as the launch of new services to support British Columbians, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.