Facts about family violence in Calgary

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

The YW stood with us from the day we arrived with just the clothes on our backs, to the day, months later, when we settled into our new home. And they never gave up.
- Regina, YW client


  • 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 2017, the YW Calgary supported more than 5,500 individuals, including 516 women and children who spent at least one night at YW Sheriff King Home and more than 1,700 women, children, and men with counselling and personal development programs.
  • In 2017, Calgary Police Service noted a 34 per cent increase over the five year average in domestic violence calls. Calgary police received more than 18,500 domestic conflict calls last year.That’s more than 50 calls per day.
  • 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