Family Violence – It’s your Business
Domestic violence continues to be one of the most accepted forms of human rights abuse. The statistics surrounding domestic violence are alarming.
Statistically, 1 in 4 Canadians will be directly affected by domestic violence in their lifetime, and Alberta has the second highest rates of domestic violence when compared to other provinces. There is a tendency to look the other way, and say, family violence is not my business. Take this opportunity to think about the wide range of people you know. We each belong to many communities. Family, friends, work, volunteer, sport, neighbourhood and faith communities are just a few. It is likely someone close to you has been affected by violence. We may know a victim and we may know a perpetrator. Violence can happen to anyone, regardless of ethnic background, gender, social class or ability.
The existence of family violence in our community affects our safety, security, health and dignity. If affects our individual and collective ability to live free of fear. The impact of domestic violence does not just affect the abused, it is an issue that affects the entire community.