31 Things British Columbia Can Do Right Now to End Violence Against Women
20. Take action on women-blaming and women-shaming in all its forms
It is unacceptable to blame women for their own victimization. Women are not responsible for violence perpetrated against them, and cannot be blamed for violence based on their appearance, sexual preferences, past behaviour, or lack of resources. Violence against women occurs because perpetrators act violently, not because women do not take the proper precautions to protect themselves. Violence occurs against women of all ages, shapes, sizes and colours, in a variety of forms and a wide range of settings. To stop gender-based violence, BC needs to move away from risk-reduction strategies that put the onus on women to avoid being assaulted, and focus on the reasons perpetrators are using violence in the first place.
Women in British Columbia have waited too long already. That is why we are offering 31 things that BC’s new Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV) can push for right now to increase safety for women and to bring us closer than we have ever been to ending violence against women once and for all. We are calling for 31 social, economic and legal changes, none of which are unachievable in this province. Some would require very little financial investment, and each of them will save resources in the long term given the high costs of violence against women.
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