Where To Turn – Knowing where to turn when risks of domestic violence are identified can stop it from happening
November 1st , 2021
Calgary AB - Discovery House has launched its month long Where To Turn campaign in collaboration with the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective (CDVC), to raise awareness of family violence and the supports and resources available to families affected. November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta and Discovery House wants to use this opportunity to raise critical awareness around domestic violence.
Domestic Violence does not discriminate, it affects people of all income brackets, gender, ages, sexuality and ethnicity. Identifying signs of risk and knowing where to turn could help prevent domestic violence from escalating. If you notice someone seems anxious when their partner is around or shows signs of fear like shaking and trembling after a phone call with their partner, even though there are no visible signs of physical injury, these may indicate that they are in an abusive relationship. Have a chat with them and let them know where to turn for help.
Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger. Call The Family Violence Info Line on 310-1818, which is available toll-free, 24 hours a day, chat on the Family Violence Info Line Chat available 8am -8pm daily or contact Discovery House directly if you suspect you may be at risk or are experiencing domestic violence in order to access supports and resources available.
“For mothers and their children who are living with the agony of domestic violence, the past 20 months have been unbearable. Because of increased isolation and fewer opportunities to get outside of the home, many women have not had the opportunity to leave and have experienced more significant violence. Knowing where to turn to for help is critical. Women can turn to Discovery House to start the journey of turning their lives around,” says Leslie Hill, Executive Director for Discovery House.
Discovery House offers supports and resources to families affected in order to prevent their situation from getting worse. They provide a range of care for women and their children leaving domestic violence from transitional housing and critical trauma-informed services to enable women and children recover from their trauma, rebuild their lives and be equipped to live independently, free from domestic violence. This work prevents the cycle of domestic violence from repeating with the next generation.
About Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society
Discovery House is a non-profit providing a continuum of care to women and their children leaving domestic violence. We facilitate and offer transitional, longer-term, safe housing for women and children to call home while they begin rebuilding their lives. We provide mothers access to counselling, support and programs to ensure they never return to abusive partners. We work directly with children, to mitigate the effects of trauma and prevent the cycle from repeating. To learn more or donate, visit discoveryhouse.ca.
Discovery House Contact:
Iboro Edem, Communications Specialist
Download the Where To Turn Media Release