Quebec to distribute more than $3 million to police to fight domestic violence

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Published February 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm

MONTREAL — Quebec is distributing more than $3 million over three years to 11 police forces to fight domestic abuse.

Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault said today in a news release the money will be directed toward supporting victims and enhancing surveillance over people convicted of domestic violence.

The minister’s announcement follows news over the weekend about the deaths of two couples in separate incidents, in Laval, Que., north of Montreal, and in Dunham, Que., in the Eastern Townships.

Police in both cases said they believed the deaths involved a murder followed by a suicide.

Quebec’s government has invested more than $509 million since 2020 in the fight against violence toward women.

The government has said 21 women and girls were killed by men in 2020, while an unofficial count puts the number of femicides in 2021 at 18.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Feb. 21, 2022.

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