Violence against women in Peel is a growing problem

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In just a two week span last month, four women in Peel met a violent end. Elaine Bellevue, 61, Hoden Said, 30, Baljit Thandi, 32, and Avtar Kaur, 60, were victims of violence in their own homes.

In Brampton and Mississauga, more than 700 women reported being sexually assaulted in 2016, and it is believed many more sexual assaults go unreported, according to the latest available statistics from Peel Regional Police.

In the past decade, 32 women have been murdered in Peel.

What is troubling is the lack of any mass public protests or outrage from citizens, naturally then, politicians tend not to assert their zero tolerance to violence against women the same way they talk about threats to multiculturalism and diversity.

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While it is true violence against women happens in all communities, some South Asian social service workers believe that if all the incidents of physical and mental abuse that happens in South Asian families was reported, a definite pattern would emerge, and more funding and resources would flow in that direction.

Unfortunately, many South Asian victims suffer in silence not wanting to bring shame to the family and unsure about the law and how exactly it can protect them. Many of the women experiencing verbal and physical abuse are terrified that complaining about it would end up in their being separate from their children and for that reason stay in a potentially dangerous situation.

Unless the culture of silence ends, this sort of abuse will continue behind closed doors… until somebody gets hurt really bad. At that point agencies get involved and the situation is rectified. – CINEWS

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