New data from the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and Calgary Police Service, is showing how domestic violence incidents rise at this time of year, reaching a peak on New Year’s Day.
On average on New Year’s Day between the years 2013 and 2017, there were nearly 50 reported domestic violence incidents in Calgary. In the week before and after, the number of daily incidents is usually between 10 and 15.
Officers also tend to be sent out more to calls during the winter holidays and sporting events at other times of year.
There are numerous sources to contact if you are experiencing domestic issues, including:
Alberta Works – Support for Albertans Fleeing Abuse 24 hours line – 1-866-644-5135
The Distress Centre 24 hour crisis line – 403-266-HELP (4357)
Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter 24 hour line – 403-234-SAFE (7233)
YWCA of Calgary 24 hour line – 403-266-0707
Kids Help Phone 24 hour line – 1-800-688-6868
You can also check out Calgary Police Services Website for more details on domestic Abuse