The five year vision for Alpha House Project is to completely refurbish the building and have a replacement plan in place for larger maintenance issues; provide a more ‘home-like’ atmosphere for residents; grow the programs offered and staff facilitating them; and to expand either by purchasing and running another property or moving to a larger location.
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Facts About Domestic and Family Violence
- On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
- Each year, domestic violence accounts for over 40,000 arrests, or about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. However, since only 22% of all incidents are reported, the actual number of women caught in abusive intimate relationships is close to 182,000.
- Women often stay because the abuser has threatened to kill them if they leave, or to kill himself, or to kill the children.
- Women sometimes stay because they are financially dependent on their partner. Over 1.22 million Canadian women live in poverty, along with their children. Women who leave a partner to raise children on their own are more than five times likely to be poor than if they had stayed.
- Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.
- Each year in Canada, an estimated 362,000 children witness or experience family violence. Research shows that children who witness violence are more likely to grow up to become victims or abusers.
- The social costs of domestic violence against women are enormous, totalling almost $5 billion annually. This significant financial burden is shared by all Canadians through our justice system, through the health care and social services provided to these families, and through lost productivity, lost education, and pain and suffering.