The impact of domestic violence can be experienced by all members of the family and become an inter-generational pattern. That’s why the YWCA of Calgary is committed to helping women, children and men move toward recovery and healing.
The YWCA of Calgary believes strongly in collaboration and training. We are participating in the planning of the 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse & Trauma. Click here for more information: http://ivatcenters.org/
Domestic violence is the single largest women’s health issue in Canada, with more reported cases than heart attack and stroke. It affects women of all races, ages, socio-economic classes and educational backgrounds — and many cases also involve children.
After Quebec and Nunavut, Alberta has the highest reported rate of domestic violence in Canada. (Statistics Canada 2008) In 2008 alone, the Calgary Police Service responded to 13,496 calls related to domestic violence, an increase of 8% from 2007. Of the total calls reported in 2007, 42% recorded children present in the home.
But these numbers only reflect those who have spoken out. Many women do not report violence because they fear increased abuse, losing their children, risking embarrassment and shame, and facing homelessness and financial instability.
Leaving an abusive partner is not easy. Fear of becoming homeless or poor are the top reasons why women return to an abusive spouse with their children.
The YWCA of Calgary works with women, children and men to make positive changes to break the pattern of violence and find recovery and wellness. Our priority is safety for all members of the family.