Prevention of Violence Canada was formed to move Canada forward in adopting the key recommendations stipulated by the World Health Organization in 2002. Despite the fact that Canada spends $22 billion on policing, courts and prisons, we have the highest annual homicide rate per capita of G7 countries and the homicide rates for Indigenous peoples are 6 times higher than for non-Indigenous. The Criminal Code of Canada (Section 43) still permits the use of physical force “by way of correction” on children, ignoring the evidence of harm this does.
The Violence Prevention Charter recognizes the commitment of Canadian citizens to the creation of a Canada “Free of Violence,” and notes specific characteristics including, “where children develop their potential surrounded by loving families, caregivers, and communities” and “where Canadians live free of intentional injury throughout the lifespan; from preconception and prenatal periods, thru to childhood, youth, and adulthood.”
You can add your specific commitment to ending violence when you sign the Charter. Here is some suggested wording relating to ending violence against children and youth:
I/We commit to work to end all violence against British Columbia’s children and youth in their homes, schools, communities and online.
Click here to sign the Violence Prevention Charter and show your support.