The Women and Children’s Shelter and the City of Barrie will raise a flag in front of city hall Friday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
More than four in 10 women have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes, the shelter said.
“Women are disproportionately subjected to intimate partner violence, and there is a need to recognize that these are not just numbers but women who have the right to live with dignity and free of fear, violence and discrimination,” the shelter said in a statement.
A 2021 Statistics Canada report showed that in 2018, 44 per cent of women reported experiencing some form of psychological, physical, or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
“As a community, we need to bring awareness to violence against women and girls around the world – as this is a global issue,” said Mayor Alex Nuttall.
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