Domestic violence negatively impacts the physical and mental well-being of individuals and families, and pushes families toward poverty. It is often a gradual process, with the frequency of assaults and seriousness of the violence slowly escalating over time. Since abusers often express deep remorse and promise to change, it can take years for women to realize the violence will never stop.
The traumatic events of domestic violence can impact the brain development of young children who are exposed to it over a long period of time, leaving a lasting impression on their ability to learn. Kids raised in abusive homes are much more likely to become abusers themselves, or believe that threats and violence are a normal part of relationships. This is especially scary when we take into consideration that the number of domestic violence incidents in Calgary has gone up, year-after-year. In fact, in 2017 alone there were almost 5,000 victims of domestic violence in Calgary, a 16% increase over the previous year and 47% higher than the five-year average.
Domestic violence changed Humaira’s life. To escape abuse, she fled with nothing but her two kids. Watch her story below and join us in doing local good.