Categorized | News

Supporting survivors of family violence

Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean, David McIlveen of Boardwalk Communities, MLA Deborah Drever and Jeff Surtees of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta announce new supports for survivors of family violence.

Since the Safer Spaces certificates program began in August 2016, the Alberta government has issued 379 certificates to help survivors of family violence leave an unsafe home and begin to rebuild their lives.
To further support survivors, a $50,000 Status of Women grant to the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta will train landlords and property managers to recognize signs of family violence and equip them with resources to help their tenants.
“We all deserve to live in a province where we are safe and supported,” Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean said. “The Safer Spaces certificates, along with assistance from landlords and property managers, help families leave a violent home and get the supports they need.”
“The more Albertans who know the signs of family violence and what to do about it, the safer we make life for women and girls in Alberta.”
The bill allowing the certificates, the Residential Tenancies (Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence) Amendment Act, was first introduced by Calgary MLA Deborah Drever in 2015.
“No one should feel trapped in an unsafe home because they can’t afford to break their lease,” Drever said. “This certificate removes barriers for survivors, which means safety first, not finances, when leaving a dangerous situation.”
To get a Safer Spaces certificate, a tenant must give the Ministry of Community and Social Services an emergency protection order, a peace bond or a statement from a certified professional — including a doctor, nurse, social worker or psychologist — confirming they or their children are in danger.
Tenants will also be connected with other services and supports for survivors of domestic violence.
In Canada, seven out of 10 victims of family violence reported to police in 2015 were women or girls.
In 2017 the province provided the following supports:

  • 1,396 Albertans were helped through the Family Violence Info Line, toll-free at 310-1818.
  • 5,510 individuals and families received emergency financial assistance to escape an unsafe situation through the Albertans Fleeing Abuse Benefit.
  • In 2016-’17, the province provided $50-million to women’s shelters and outreach services for those in crisis from family violence.
  • 4,914 women and 3,808 children were admitted to shelters and 20,605 women and 6,712 children were supported through outreach services.

Comments are closed.