Facts about family violence in Calgary

Help women and their children take steps to walk away from family violence

“I know both English and Spanish and I still can’t find a word to describe how thankful I am for all that has been done for me. Thank you to all staff that have shown so much care and concern and helped me believe in life after crisis.”
-YW Calgary Sheriff King Home Shelter resident



  • YW Calgary operates the YW Sheriff King Home emergency shelter, which offers safe,temporary housing and support for women and their children fleeing family violence and abuse in Calgary.
  • In 2016, the YW Calgary supported more than 6,800 individuals, including 419 women and children who spent at least one night at YW Sheriff King Home and more than 1,800 women, children, and men with counselling and personal development programs.
  • In 2016, Calgary Police Service noted a 36 per cent increase over the five year average in domestic violence calls. That’s more than 3,709 calls in one year.
  • Women experience many barriers when fleeing an abusive partner, such as fear for their safety and safety of their children and pets, shame, lack of support, homelessness and financial instability.
  • Family violence and abuse against women is a form of gender oppression related to culture, social political and economic factors. It affects women of all ages, races, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations and educational backgrounds.
  • Family violence and abuse against women is the main pathway into homelessness for women and their children.

For more information about the YW Calgary, please visit www.ywcalgary.ca