On Tuesday, the House of Commons voted unanimously in support of MP Bryan Hayes’ Private Member`s Motion 504 to Prevent Domestic Violence.
276 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the motion following the second hour of debate which took place on Tuesday, September 30. The motion tabled on the Order Paper in April 2012 by MP Hayes on behalf of his constituents, is as follows:
“That the Standing Committee on the Status of Women be instructed to undertake a study on the subject of best practices in education and social programs and policies in Canada that prevent violence against women, and report its findings to the House within one year of the study’s initiation.”
MP Hayes commented on the motion, stating: “I would like to thank all members who spoke on my motion. Actually, it really is not my motion at all; it is the motion of my constituents, delivered by me as their representative. I am pleased with the unanimous support of moving this motion to committee.”
In his closing remarks in the House of Commons, MP Hayes noted that in Sault Ste. Marie alone in 2010, there were 258 criminal charges laid for domestic incidents. And Across Canada, more than 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence each year with men being responsible for 83% of police-reported violence against women incidents. By the passage of this motion, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women will now be able to study and identify best practices in education, social programs, and policies that exist in Canada with the end result being proposed prevention measures to break the cycle of domestic violence.
“There is so much more proactive intervention that could be done to minimize the chance of our children becoming violent offenders, so that the cycle of violence is broken. I believe that if best practices and prevention are implemented at appropriate stages in an individual’s life, then domestic violence can be dramatically reduced,” concluded Hayes.