Charity of the month – Muriel McQueen Ferguson Foundation

November is family violent prevention month (NFVPM). Family violence is one of the most serious social problems facing society today. 51% of Canadian women over the age of 16 are affected by family violence. Family violence includes the abuse of children, youth, older persons, spouses or partners and the disabled. It can take a variety of forms including physical assault, sexual, emotional, spiritual and financial abuse. As well, threats to harm or kill animals or pets are often part of the pattern of family violence.

  • 109 women and 12 men were killed in Canada by estranged partners between 1997-2001.
  • In 59% of spousal homicides, police were aware of a history of family violence.
  • 101,248 women and children sought shelter from family violence in Canada in 2001-2002.
  • 22% of victims of wife assault have never told anyone of their experience.
  • Only 41% of female victims seek any type of social assistance.
  • Only 38% of female victims report the crime to the police.
  • 25% of all violent crimes reported to police in 2001 involved family violence.
  • 47% of victims of criminal harassment offenses in 2001 were partners/spouses.
  • Women are five times more likely to be injured by family violence than men.

The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation funds research into the causes, incidence and forms of treatment of family violence, and promotes and sponsors effective public education programs to counter widespread ignorance of the problem. As well, the Foundation assists shelters for the victims of abusive families through the provision of funding for special programs and activities not usually funded by the government.

The Foundation was established in 1985. In recognition of her outstanding contribution over many years in the field of social action and justice, the Foundation requested that the Hon. Muriel McQueen Fergusson, P.C., O.C., Q.C., accept an invitation to be Patron of the fledging trust, and received permission to adopt her name. All of the work of the Foundation, including fundraising and project organization, is carried out by a volunteer Board of Directors and an Executive Director.

For more information, visit the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation website at:

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