One in four women has experienced domestic violence.
This astounding statistic gives validity to the notion that domestic violence is commonplace in every part of the world. Every year, between 600,000 and 6 million women fall victim to the horror of this abuse. This is something we do not normally think or speak about. But it even happens here at home.
In 2011, there were 6,292 cases of domestic violence reported to the Edmonton Police Service. However, these are only the cases that were reported. Only a small minority of cases will be admitted to the Edmonton Police. Many of us may even know someone who has been in an abusive relationship. This is normal since females aged 20-24 are placed at the highest risk of encountering domestic violence.
These victims are trapped in silence.
Sometimes these women manage to escape their situation. These brave, strong women are then forced to seek safety and security. Many turn to local shelters as a place of refuge to start their life over. WIN House, Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd., is a place that offers hope by giving women shelter, food, and personal necessities. It also supplies resources such as crisis intervention and weekly visits from a representative of Employment and Immigration to apply for the Supports for Independence Program.
What can you do to help?
Alpha Psi, Edmonton’s local sorority, is having a household essentials and small appliance drive for WIN House. They are accepting things such as cutlery, plates, linens, toasters, blankets, and any other supplies that are household necessities. These donations will be used to furnish one of the three WIN House shelters in Edmonton. Every small contribution counts. These donations will be used to create a home for women that have endured and persevered; a home that is free from fear.
If you would like to help you can drop off donations to 10918 85 Avenue on:
March 7th from 12:00-8:00pm
March 8th from 12:00-8:00pm
March 9th from 9:00am-12:00pm
CC photograph courtesy of Natalia F. on Flickr.