Take Back the Night march returns after COVID-19 hiatus

Take Back The Night in Windsor 2017. (Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/RagingBullPhotography/)

An event dedicated to identifying and preventing intimate partner abuse returns to Windsor Friday night.

The 13th annual Take Back the Night event, an inclusive protest against sexual and domestic violence toward women, will take place at Charles Clark Square downtown. The event is back to an in-person format for the first time in three years. Last year, there was a gathering at the square, but there was no march due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is hosted by the Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee of Windsor Essex, which according to its Facebook page, “works collaboratively with a network of organizations, groups and individuals to end domestic violence through leadership, education and advocacy.”

Take Back the Night is a global event with a long history and was one of the first events of its kind to be held by and for women only, though today, anybody can participate. Marches are held in at least 30 countries.

According to 2019 statistics from Windsor police, there were 2,596 calls regarding intimate partner violence. There were also 2,326 calls to women’s shelters.

The event begins at 7 p.m.

—with files from Adelle Loiselle