About Domestic Violence
Alberta has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Canada, and Calgary is no exception.
In 2015, the Calgary Police Service received almost 19,000 domestic conflict calls and many more incidents go unreported. Almost 17 percent of those calls involved some form of physical violence and four per cent involved the theft or destruction of property.
Domestic violence is sometimes also called family violence and it can be generally defined as the attempt, act or intent of someone within a relationship – where the relationship is characterized by intimacy, dependency or trust – to intimidate either by threat or by the use of physical force on another person or property.
The purpose of domestic violence is to control and/or exploit through neglect, intimidation, inducement of fear or by inflicting pain. Abusive behaviour can take many forms including: verbal, physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, spiritual and economic, as well as the violation of rights. All forms of abusive behaviour are ways in which one human being is trying to have control and/or exploit or have power over another.
Domestic violence affects people from all neighbourhoods, age groups, genders, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and economic statuses.
Domestic Violence Resources
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