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e-3244 (Justice)

Initiated by Alicia Christina from New Westminster, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Children face negative impacts when exposed to domestic abuse jeopardizing their emotional health, mental health, and physical safety;
  • Children who have grown up witnessing domestic violence are more likely to become involved in domestic abuse in their adult life;
  • Canada’s family law and judicial system can be ill-equipped to deal with allegations of domestic abuse in custody and visitation decisions;
  • The tragic murder of two sisters, Chloe Berry, six years old, and Aubrey Berry, four years old, was due in part to a court decision that allowed an alleged domestic abuser access to his children; and
  • Studies by the Rise Women’s Legal Center have concluded that Canada’s current family law legislation makes it possible for domestic abusers to continue to have access to their children.
We, the undersigned, people of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to pass amendments to the Divorce Act and other federal family law legislation that:
1. Recognize the rights of survivors of domestic abuse and their children to be protected from future domestic abuse; and
2. Revoke custody access and visitation rights from a parent found guilty of a violent crime against their partner or primary caregiver of the children in question.
Open for signature
March 18, 2021, at 12:20 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 16, 2021, at 12:20 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Kerry-Lynne Findlay
South Surrey—White Rock
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia