7849 Domestic Violence Cases Reported in Edmonton in 2014
In 2014, Edmonton police received 7849 calls related to domestic abuse. That’s just about 1 in every 113 people in the city.
The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) defines domestic violence as a conflict between people who are in, or have ever been in, an intimate relationship. With such a large number, it is crucial to bring this subject to light. As such, Mayor Don Iveson declared November to be Family Violence Prevention Month.
“We are working to create communities where women, men, and children are safe in their homes, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.” – Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
In regards to new investments to help Alberta’s shelters and safety program grants, Alberta’s minister of human services, Irfan Sabir, says “This is an important investment because prevention activities can only be effective if they help determine and address the root causes of violence.”
The Alberta government is reviewing recommendations from the Family Violence Death Review Committee, mandating employers to act when they know of domestic violence. The committee wants domestic violence to be considered a workplace hazard. You can read the list of suggested amendments here.
Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 in Hinton, AB, by town residents. This initiative included a family violence education and prevention campaign, with a result of inspiring the Alberta Legislature to support family violence prevention.
For a full list of events taking place during Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta, click here.