End Violence Against Women

Violence against women (VAW) is a serious and pervasive problem that crosses every culture, social boundary, and affects every community.

VAW is one of the OPS's top priorities.

Statistics Canada reports that 1 in 3 Canadian women have experienced sexual assault or psychological, emotional or physical abuse from males.  Think about the women and girls who live daily with the threat of violence, and those who have died as a result of deliberate acts of gender-based violence.

Ottawa Police continues to engage community partners to help promote and raise awareness regarding violence against women but we all have a role to play in ending the violence. 

Our officers respond and investigate calls related to this issue on a regular basis. To help work towards a broader solution, the role of the OPS is evolving to be more than simply arresting those who break the law and investigating crimes. Our strategies include enforcement and education, especially to young men and boys, about ending violence against women, as well as challenging everyone to speak out and think about their own beliefs, language, and actions on this issue.

Current and ongoing projects:

We all have a responsibility to end violence against women. If you see it, report it. Remember, you can always ask to speak to someone discretely if you want to report an incident of a sensitive, personal nature. 

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