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Across BC, anti-violence service providers have reported an increase in gender-based violence along with a corresponding demand for help as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to UN Women, with 90 countries in lockdown, four billion people were sheltering at home because of COVID-19 during the month of April. While the lockdown was a necessary protective measure, unfortunately, it also brought with it a different danger since lockdowns increase isolation as well as time spent with an abusive partner. With tensions mounting from health and financial concerns, a lockdown can become a perfect storm for controlling, violent behaviour behind closed doors.

For the month of May thru to mid-June, the team at Coast Capital Insurance Services – Semiahmoo branch (103-1797 152 Street, Surrey, BC) has partnered with Coast Capital Savings to invite the public to donate and shop for gently-used fiction and non-fiction books – kids, young adults and adults –…