2015 Platform

Preventing domestic violence and sexual assault

We will give more support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, and ensure that more perpetrators are brought to justice.

For far too many Canadians – overwhelmingly women – sexual violence, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence are real, and even daily, threats. Many survivors choose not to report these incidents to police and conviction rates are low.

Working together with experts and advocates, we will develop and implement a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan, aligned with existing provincial strategies.

We will ensure that no one fleeing domestic violence is left without a place to turn. We will increase investments in growing and maintaining Canada’s network of shelters and transition houses, as part of our broader investment in
social infrastructure.

We will amend the Criminal Code to reverse onus on bail for those with previous convictions of intimate partner violence. We will also specify that intimate partner violence be considered an aggravating factor at sentencing, and increase the maximum sentence for repeat offenders.

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