Did you know that Alberta has one of the highest domestic violence rates in the country, and that domestic violence is on the rise in Calgary?
In 2018, Calgary Police received more than 21,000 domestic conflict calls, with more than 5,000 of those calls involving some form of physical violence. Given that an estimated 70% of spousal violence is unreported to police, these numbers represent only a fraction of incidents.
Domestic violence: What you need to know
In Canada, 1 in 4 women experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime, regardless of culture or socio-economic profile. Approximately every 6 days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
Discovery house: How we help
When a woman leaves an abusive relationship, it might be after months or even years of planning. It might be an escape in the middle of the night or a spontaneous exit when a rare opportunity presents itself.
Mothers and their children often initially land at an emergency shelter. But because a shelter is not a home, these scared and desperate women risk losing their children because they are now homeless. Emergency shelters deliver an essential, life-saving service for women and children until they can be placed in longer-term housing. That’s where Discovery House comes in.
Discovery House is a social-profit agency providing a continuum of care to women and children fleeing domestic violence. We provide long-term, stable housing coupled with professional support from case managers, mental health specialists, child and youth workers and housing liaisons.
Innovative therapies plus one-on-one and group counselling ensure more than just daily needs are met. Wellness programs, savings programs and bursaries for education mean women and their children gain independence as they overcome trauma.
How You can help
The work done by Discovery House is effective and efficient – just $17,000 houses a family in the community for an entire year. This includes transportation, accommodation subsidy and relocation, as well as support workers and programming.
We rely on the generous support of Calgarians – individuals, community groups and corporations – to serve hundreds of families each year, or more as funding allows.
Direct donations are the best way to help us keep costs down and serve more families. You can support us by hosting a fundraising event or donating securely online at discoveryhouse.ca/donate.