By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanAC
Yesterday, Cynthia Mulligan, reporter for City News, released an interview video with a domestic abuse offender to denounce the government cuts to the PAR program, decreasing the duration of the program from 16 to 12 weeks.
In her story, Cynthia Mulligan also spoke to Tim Kelly, Executive Director at Changing Ways, a London resource center for domestic abusers that also offers the PAR program. Tim Kelly worries about the impact of those government cuts to the program, estimating that between 20-25% of the men receiving the program re-offend.
The government now launched a 3 year study to assess the recidivism rate of the program. This study arrives at the same time of the Toronto Board of Health report that urges to take action and support women and children victims of domestic violence, following the death of Zahra Abdille and her sons, Faris (age 13) and Zain (age 8), who were killed by their father and Zahra’s husband on November 29, 2014 by what appeared to be a family murder-suicide. The report describes that 1 Canadian woman is killed every 6 days and that 1 in 3 Canadian women face domestic abuse at some point.
Cynthia Mulligan is asking women to come forward and share their stories as well as their partners who had access to the PAR program to bring awareness to the negative impacts of the programs cuts on the safety of women and children who are victims of abuse and violence. To submit your story and to help bring awareness on the PAR program crisis, please fill the form below.
Click here for Cynthia Mulligan’s interview with a domestic abuser
Click here for for Cynthia Mulligan's story on the death of Zahra Abdille and her sons
Read more about Ending the PAR Crisis here