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Statistics and Research

In our last fiscal year (2021 - 2022), the Calgary Women's Emergency 24-Hour Family Violence Helpline received more than 14,840 calls.


In our last fiscal year, the total number of clients Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter served was more than 15,000.


1 in 2 women will experience one incident of physical or sexualized violence.

This figure does not include the many other types of abuse. Source: Statistics Canada Report, “Violence Against Women Survey”

74% of Albertans report that they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.

This figure does not factor in the countless women who do not tell anyone about the assault(s) nor does it factor in any other type of abuse besides physical and sexualized violence.
Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation “Angus Reid Omnibus Survey” from 2012.

In Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every 6 days.

Source: Statistics Canada, 2019

Family violence and abuse costs Canada an estimated $7.4 Billion every year.

This figure is derived from costs associated with health care, criminal justice, social services, and lost wages/productivity. Sources: Canadian Women's Foundation.

Calgary Police Service responds to approximately 30,000 domestic violence calls each year.

Source: Calgary Police Service, November 2021


Why Violence Prevention Programming Matters for Youth:


Youth who experience dating violence are up to 2x more likely to experience physical, intimate partner violence later in life

Exner-Cortens, D., Eckenrod, J., Bunge, J., & Rothman, E. (2017).  Revictimization After Adolescent Dating Violence in a Matched, National Sample of Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2), 176 -183.


Children who witness 10 or more incidents of parental domestic violence before the age of 16 are at least twice as likely to attempt suicide

The Association Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Suicide Attempts in a Population-based Study, 2016, Child: Care, Health and Development


Each year in Canada, it is estimated that up to 362,000 children witness or experience family violence.

Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Joint report by UNICEF, The Body Shop International, and the Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children, 2006. 


Dating violence is the highest among the 15-24 age group.

Statistics Canada


Youth under 18 represented 22% of the Canadian population in 2004 but made up 58% of victims of sexual offences

Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends 2006, Statistics Canada


1 in 3 youth report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically abused by their partner

1 in 5 girls who have been in a relationship have had their boyfriend threaten violence or self-harm if presented with a break-up

Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005


Young women between the ages of 15 to 24 are killed nearly three times the rate for all female victims of domestic homicide

2009 Annual Statistical Report, Toronto Police Services, p. 17


Approximately 19% of teens experienced dating violence in the last year

Exner-Cortens, D., Eckenrod, J., Bunge, J., & Rothman, E. (2017).  Revictimization After Adolescent Dating Violence in a Matched, National Sample of Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2), 176 -183



Shelter 2.0 Discussion Paper 


Alberta Government – Family Violence Hurts Everyone: A Framework to End Family Violence in Alberta


Sh!ft The Project to End Domestic Violence - Supporting the Supporters, How friends and families can help prevent domestic violence


Calgary Domestic Violence Collective - Prevention and Early Intervention for Domestic Violence Report

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