The Facts

Domestic Violence

Alberta has the third highest domestic violence rates in the country.

(Stats Canada, 2016)

Only 25% of people experiencing DV will contact the police, and yet the Calgary Police responds to 2 domestic violence related calls every hour.

(Calgary Police Service, 2018)

 

80% of people who experience domestic violence experience it in the workplace.

(Canadian Labour Congress Survey, 2014)

 

Domestic violence is a leading contributor to homelessness.

(National Coalition of Homelessness, 2009)

 

80% of people experiencing domestic violence tell an informal support first.

(Barrett & St.Pierre, 2011; StatsCan, 2013)

 

A positive conversation is likely to lead someone to seek further help.

(Evans & Feder, 2014; Women’s Health West, 2015)

 

Positive conversations can help to buffer some of the negative mental health affects of abuse.

(Belknap et al., 2009; Goodman & Smyth, 2011; Gregory, Feder, Taket,& Williamson, 2017; Sylaska & Edwards, 2014)

 

Natural supports can also improve mental health outcomes and lower levels of self-blame.

(Latta & Goodman, 2011)

 

Children who witness violence in the home have twice the rate of psychiatric disorders as children from non-violent homes.

(Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2019)

Domestic violence rates are more prevalent in rural communities.

(Government of Canada Dept. of Justice, 2010)

 

People who are more isolated have naturally smaller communities, so they have less opportunity to talk about the violence that’s going on.

(CBC News, 2018)

 

People living in rural communities might choose to stay in a violent relationship because they don’t want to leave livestock or pets behind.

(CBC News, 2018)

 

Rural communities lack safe, affordable housing options. Sometimes leaving a violent relationship could mean leaving the whole community. 

(CBC News, 2018)

Women and girls make up 67% of domestic violence victims, and in the case of intimate partner violence, 78% of victims are women.

(Stats Canada, 2018)

 

Indigenous women are 6 times more likely to experience spousal violence than non-indigenous women.

(Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2019)

People who identify as LGBTQ are twice as likely to be affected by Domestic Violence.

(Stats Canada, 2018)

 

Past experiences of discrimination related to sexual orientation increase the likelihood that a person will experience intimate partner violence.

(Barrett & St. Pierre, 2013)

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