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Violence Against Women  

This guide was designed to help the York University community research the available information on violence against women and in doing so, be further inspired to end it. Written by Patti Ryan ( and Lisa Sloniowski (
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Remember. Educate. Act.

On December 6th 1989, a killler burst into a classroom in the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. He separated the men from the women and proceeded to murder 14 women, screaming, "You are all feminists." Although this was a particularly egregious expression of it, violence against women existed long before the massacre and sadly continues to this day - in our homes, on our streets and in our public institutions. According to Statistics Canada, more than 50% of Canadian women over the age of 16 have been victims of violence. Aboriginal women are 3 times as likely as non-Aboriginal women to be a victim of a violent crime. We do not forget, and we work for change.

This research guide brings together scholarly and activist material that is related to violence against women and includes information on spousal abuse, the Montreal Massacre itself, local resources for women seeking help, and links to sites of activism. We dedicate it to the memory of all those killed as a result of gender-based violence and remember in particular:

Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault and Annie Turcotte.


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