Domestic violence is an issue, and it happens right here at home.
- In 2016, there were approximately 8,512 domestic violence calls reported to Edmonton Police Service.1 Many of the households where domestic violence occurs also have a child/children present, which means there is usually more than one victim.
- Alberta has the third highest rate of self-reported spousal violence in the country.2
- In 2015, more than 27,000 Albertan women and children sought protection from a shelter or transition home.3
- 1 in 5 men report having witnessed an abusive behavior against a woman in a social environment in the past year.4
We all have the power to STEP UP and stop domestic violence. When you donate, you support:
Affordable counselling services for those in crisis and survivors of violence
In 2016: We provided more than 3,300 counselling sessions to nearly 400 clients. Of those sessions, 99% were partially or fully subsidized.
Our Lakeside Haven domestic violence recovery program
In 2016: Lakeside Haven helped 36 women and child survivors of domestic violence living in a shelter heal as a family through new experiences such as kayaking, trust-building games, campfires, and more.
Psychological service support for crisis shelters
In 2016: Our psychologists provided 400 hours of counselling directly in a local women's shelter, supporting the most vulnerable population when and where they needed us most.
In 2016: Our GirlSpace program hosted 25 girls at Camp Yowochas for a weekend retreat focused on key issues affecting young girls today, empowering participants to become healthy and successful.
“The YWCA is the reason I’m alive today.”
— Anonymous Counselling Client
2 p.28 Statistics Canada. (2015). Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/14114-eng.pdf
4 p.35 Leger – Men’s Attitudes and Behaviors toward Violence Against Women, Provincial Results Report