Of the six homicides in Vancouveru so far this year, four of the murdered victims were women. All four of these murders were linked with domestic violence. On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full. Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence—that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher. Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.
This Walkathon is a fun fundraising event that we’ve held annually since 1979. Participants collect donations and then gather to walk around the Stanley Park seawall on the last Sunday in May. We provide a free luncheon and live entertainment at the end.
With your donation, you will be directly supporting tangible, real-impact work fighting violence against women. The funds raised help Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter continue to provide free, essential services to women and their children from across the Lower Mainland and beyond who are escaping male violence. The support of many donors like you make it financially possible to offer refuge to approximately 120 women and their children each year in the transition house. Around 1,200 women have been assisted through the 24 hour violence and sexual assault crisis line annually.