November is Canada’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

*If YOU or someone you suspect may be in danger, call 911

Home should be a place where one is safe, loved in a healthy way; a place where we can relax and re-charge our batteries, cook a good meal, watch a tv show, help the kids with homework…

That’s not what happens when you are being abused. You constantly feel the pit of fear in your stomach. We have often heard people say that it is like they are walking on eggshells and live-in fear of doing anything that will make them angry. You try to avoid it at all costs for you know that the person who promised to love you will strike in an instant and take their rage out on you and sometimes, even the children. This is no way to live. There is a way out.

Do you know about this hand symbol?

Did you know?

  • A woman is killed every six days by her partner.
  • Each year in Canada, it is estimated that up to 362,000 children are exposed to family violence.
  • 67% of Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse.
  • 6X Indigenous women are killed at six times the rate of non-Indigenous women.
  • 6,000+ women and children sleep in shelters on any given night because it isn’t safe at home.
  • 70% of spousal violence is NOT reported to the police.
  • Life in lockdown during the pandemic shows there is a dramatic rise in domestic violence throughout Canada
  • According to a UN report in 2020, Ethiopia had the highest rate of domestic violence against women from a study of 71 countries.
  • Domestic violence happens to MEN as well.

Sources: Canadian Women’s Foundation & the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters

For more information and resources throughout Canada, click here.