November 25 is marked as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Kamal Dhillon used this occasion to share her personal torment of enduring abuse for 12.5 years at the hands of her husband.
Now an author, inspirational speaker and counsellor, Kamal has been trying to help other victims find their voice and support in the police system. In her own words, “I have survived attempted murder, I have survived forced suicide, I have survived torture, I have survived broken bones. Police are not the enemy. The enemy is the one living with you, that’s telling you not to report, to keep his crime a secret. (Police) are here with resources. They are the good guys. And they will help you.”
“Family and intimate partner violence is unacceptable and bringing awareness to this serious issue is a worldwide effort,” Peel police said in a news release.
Of all calls from the public to Peel police, 15 per cent are domestic violence calls, and 64,000 hours are dedicated to domestic violence victims, according to police statistics.
The Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse is holding a vigil Dec. 6 in recognition of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The committee has been sounding the alarm about violence against women for years, but none more so than this year after four women were killed in one month.