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Finance committee  I want to add that for all of this issue, it's not only a question of extra housing, not only a question of better laws, not only a question of more awareness. If this situation of conjugal violence is left unchecked, it provokes what we call ripple effects. We can all remember t

April 22nd, 2021Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Totally.

April 22nd, 2021Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  I have a figure right offhand. A large group of shelters in Quebec did a study, and they figure that every year it's 10,000 women who are being turned away. If we look at our shelter, every week the minimum number of women we refuse is about five. Over a year, that's 260 women in

April 22nd, 2021Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  It will help. At this point in time, the movements—the women's rights movement and the shelter movement—are on their hands and knees everywhere in Canada. It's not only in Quebec. Everything helps. As I mentioned before, they're even thinking of making an emergency fund where w

April 22nd, 2021Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  The second-step resource is for women who want to transition to a more autonomous level of existence without violence after their stay at an emergency shelter. In Quebec these resources were sorely lacking. It took us a long time to mount the funding for our resource. I do resp

April 22nd, 2021Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Good afternoon. Hello to all the members of the committee and guests. It is an honour for us to present to the committee today on the specific issues we deal with in violence against women. I'd also like to say hi to Lise, with whom we've been working on several occasions. I'm

April 22nd, 2021Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Violence against women affects everybody, not only women. Violence against women is a matter of societal concern, and I think we have to collaborate with one another to make sure this is not repeated and that we can ameliorate situations and we can reduce the potential of violenc

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Whatever I've said is based on the experience we have had when women have come to us at the shelter or at the centres. A lot of women do have jobs, but if a woman doesn't have a job and has been accustomed to being financially dependent, the first thing we do is to get her onto w

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  As I've said, the underlying issues that were there prior to COVID are still there. One of these pressing issues is social housing. In Quebec now they have established what we call alternative housing, which includes some rooms in hotels. However, a key problem with having the r

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  As I said in my presentation, the funding for the social housing and for the services is lacking. It has come now within a pandemic, so we're scrambling to make things happen. What we really need though, also, is more funding for the victims themselves. The situation of being in

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  According to Canadian statistics, only 30% of the cases of conjugal violence are declared. The underlying majority of 70% of the cases never are, and this is for many reasons: the shame, the secrecy, the silence and the fear that still surrounds this topic, even today in the 21st

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  I have to say—and I just referred to my colleague, Ms. Walker—this is the confusion that exists currently at the governmental level. We have a network of services that include two centres and a shelter. Our shelter got the emergency funding. Our centres did not. This is, I would

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Yes. Thank you.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  I'll be alternating between the French and English, but I think for the purposes of this presentation, I will keep it in English. This is fine.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros

Finance committee  Okay. To make it simple, I've gone to the English.

June 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Melpa Kamateros