“With the housing crisis that we have, survivors of violence are dealing with the reality of no housing, no escape”-Angela Marie MacDougall
Angela joined Stephen Quin on the CBC Early Edition, November 13, 2019 to weigh in on gender-based violence & the housing crisis in Vancouver.
The housing crisis has affected every aspect of life in Vancouver and for many women in abusive relationships, their situation is made far worse by it. In Safe Home, CBC Vancouver takes an in-depth look at Vancouver’s housing crisis and how a shortage of social housing has put women fleeing abuse at risk. This province wide series can be heard on The Early Edition at 7:10 a.m. PT over the next week. Check back here for links to more stories throughout the week.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
She fled domestic abuse. Now she and her daughter are victims of the housing crisis
“Her bare feet were freezing by the time she made it through the snow to Tim Hortons, nine blocks from the home she had just fled. Her back ached from where he had broken an ironing board across it. Her shoes, phone and baby girl were still back there with him. Her plan was simple: phone a friend, get her 18-month-old daughter and find somewhere safe to live. She soon realized that last step was anything but simple.
The mother, who CBC News is calling Dawn C. (D.C.) to protect her child’s identity, is one of many women in B.C. who have left a violent home and struggle to secure housing in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. Advocates say emergency shelters are full, subsidized housing wait lists are long and market rents are too high for most single mothers.
Story producer Jodie Martinson examines what happens when women leaving a violent home have nowhere they can afford to go. Martinson speaks with “Dawn” about her escape while being faced with Vancouver’s overheated housing market. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Battered Women’s Support Services executive director Angela Marie MacDougall speaks with Stephen Quinn about how Vancouver’s housing crisis is personally felt by victims of domestic violence. Listen to the segment.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Story producer Jodie Martinson speaks with Stephen Quinn about the different options that could be available to women to help them leave dangerous situations. Listen to the segment.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Mitzi Dean speaks with Stephen Quinn about criticism that the provincial government is not doing enough. Listen to the segment.