This week was the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women so our team sat down with Heather Morley, VP of Programs and Services, to talk about why 29 years later Canadians still remember this day and how we need to take action to address the violence and abuse women & girls continue to face.

At YW, we firmly believe that women must have the opportunities to gain control of their lives, achieve economic security and live free of violence. Watch our full conversation with Heather below:

The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) reports there were 418 cases of domestic homicide with 476 victims between 2010 and 2015. About 80 per cent of the adult victims involved were women, and more than 50 per cent of victims were vulnerable and either identified as Indigenous, immigrant, refugee or a young person. Read CBC’s article to learn more.