UPDATE (May 2021): The petition was presented and will require government to respond to push for serious attention to violence prevention, using evidence-based approaches.
A broad group of Canadians is calling on the public to sign a petition to free Canada from violence. They include victim advocates, public health, faith-based communities, social justice, municipalities, and academics.
Public policies that tackle the root causes of violence, such as poverty reduction, education, and health, are essential to stop violence.Accumulated evidence shows that programs focused on tackling the risk factors for violence before it happens is more effective and cost-effective than the status quo of police, courts, and incarceration. But Canada is not using this evidence. Canadians are victims in 2.2 million violent incidents in a year. These disproportionately impact Indigenous Peoples and other vulnerable groups.
The CCRC supports the work to end violence against all children in Canada. We urge you to check out the petition for more info.Petition Backgrounder press release