November is Family Violence Prevention Month.
Alberta has the third-highest rate of self-reported spousal violence among Canadian provinces, yet family violence is preventable. November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. It’s a time to increase awareness of the resources and supports available so we can work together to end family violence and build healthier relationships in our communities. The Family Violence Info Line (310-1818) is available toll-free to Albertans 24/7 in over 170 languages. Emergency shelters throughout the province provide safe locations to stay for people fleeing violent or abusive situations.
Red Silhouette Campaign
The Red Silhouette campaign promotes awareness of domestic violence. Each “silent witness” represents a woman who was murdered by her spouse or intimate partner.
Family violence is the abuse of power within relationships of family, trust or dependency that endangers the survival, security or well-being of another person. It can include abuse of a spouse or parent, abuse or neglect of an elder or child, or exposure to abuse of others in the family. It may include physical, psychological, verbal, sexual, financial, or spiritual abuse, or criminal harassment or stalking. Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group. However, some groups are more at risk than others:
- Aboriginal women are more than 8 times more likely to be killed by their Young women are especially at risk. 66% of all female victims of sexual assault are under the age of 24, and 11% are under 11. Women aged 15 to 24 are killed at nearly 3 times the rate for all female victims of domestic homicide.
- 60% of women with a disability experience some form of violence.
- Immigrant women may be more vulnerable to domestic violence due to economic dependence, language barriers, and a lack of knowledge about community resources.
What should I do if someone I know is at risk?
- If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the emergency number in your community.
- Put their safety first. Never talk to anyone about abuse in front of their suspected abuser. Don’t give them materials about abuse or leave information via voicemails or emails that could be found by the abuser unless they ask for it. Abuse thrives in secrecy though, so speak up if you can do so safely.
- If they want to talk listen. If they don’t, simply tell them that they do not deserve to be harmed and that you are concerned for their safety.
- Ask if there is anything you can do to help, but don’t put yourself in danger.
- If they decide not to leave the relationship, be respectful and don’t judge. Remember that leaving an abusive situation can be extremely dangerous.
Sucker Creek Emergency Women’s Shelter: Crisis line: 780-523-4357
Toll Free: 1-866-523-2929
Slave Lake Women’s Shelter: Crisis line: 780-849-4418
Toll Free: 1-877-214-4418
Family Violence Information Line: 310-1818
Alberta Supports Contact Centre: 1-877-644-9992
KIDS Help phone: 1-800-668-6868
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS)