How To Support A Victim of Family Violence in Alberta

November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. An important month focussed on raising awareness on domestic violence and child abuse.


Unfortunately, the current statistical rates of family violence are on the rise in Canada.

As reported by CBC News, Canada’s Assaulted Women’s Helpline fielded 12,352 calls between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. As the pandemic continues and the cost of living increases, this number will likely be higher in 2021.

According to Statistics Canada in their ‘Violence Against Women Survey,’ 1 in 2 women will experience one physical or sexualized violence incident. Another startling fact is that in Canada, a woman or girl is killed by her intimate partner every 2.5 days.

These stats are real.

They are scary.

They are deadly.


Through public education and services, hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in helping to increase awareness of family violence. In recognition of Family Violence Prevention Month, we want to challenge you to do your part too.


Here’s how:

  1. Reach out to friends, family members and loved ones. Remind them that you are here for them if they ever need you. Many victims struggle in silence behind closed doors. You may be a person they turn to when they need help.
  2. Learn the 5 signs of domestic abuse – if you can recognize the signs, you could save someone’s life.
  3. Although women are more often victimized, men also experience abuse and are less likely to come forward, asking for help.
  4. Learn what resources are available that you could share to support those affected by family violence. Here are a few resources from the Government of Alberta.

At McGuiness Law, we are here to help you and your Family. We cover all costs, with no fee unless we settle in your favour. Call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION, and remember, family violence is a crime.