A new campaign from police in Abbotsford, B.C. — timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day — is encouraging victims of domestic violence to speak out and seek help. Police in B.C. have noticed an uptick in intimate partner violence against women during the pandemic.
In Vancouver, police say calls from March to May alone rose 12 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Ninu Kang, associate executive director of the Ending Violence Association of B.C., says the financial stress, social isolation and additional responsibilities brought on by the pandemic have compounded existing problems. “In these situations there’s a higher chance of domestic violence going up,” Kang said.