flower handed by a child to a woman

Fifteen women, their mothers and their children have been killed in Ontario by intimate partners or family members since January 2018.

This is more than the yearly average.

Holly Hamilton, 29, Hamilton

Baljit Thandi, 32, Brampton

Avtar Kaur, 60, Brampton

Elaine Bellevue, 61, Mississauga

Jan Singh, 70, Oakville

Barbara Kovic, 76, Etobicoke

Raya Turunen, 88, Ryerson Township

Ulla Theoret, 55, Ryerson Township

Paul Theoret, 28, Ryerson Township

Safaa Marina, 53, Nepean

Brenda Richardson, 77, Kenora

Alicia Lewandowski, 25, Mississauga

Krassimira Pejcinovski, 39, Ajax

Roy Pejcinovski, 15, Ajax

Venallia Pejcinovski, 13, Ajax

In their Toronto Star article, Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross; Marlene Ham, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses; and Farrah Khan, Consent Comes First coordinator at Ryerson University write:

Gender-based violence remains a pervasive issue for too many women and their children. Indigenous women, trans women, older women, newcomer women and women living with disabilities are at increased risk of experiencing violence because of systemic barriers and system failures. This is a public issue, requiring a public response.

Read the full article in The Star.