Family Violence and Bullying Coalition services available in Sylvan Lake

Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence

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Family violence

Did you know that Sylvan Lake has a Family Violence and Bullying Coalition?

The Sylvan Lake Family Violence and Bullying Coalition meets monthly. The next meeting is on Nov. 18 in the meeting room at the Family and Community Centre.

Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence — that’s about 12 per cent of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22 per cent of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.

On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full.

Family violence is costing Canadians $7.4 billion every year, taking into account costs ranging from policing and healthcare to funerals and lost wages.

For more information on family violence and to read more about these stats, visit cawes.com/about-us/statistics. Further information is available on the Sylvan Lake Family Violence and Bullying Coalition Facebook page.

Bullying

Did you know that Sylvan Lake has a bullying bylaw?

On the Town of Sylvan Lake website under the FCSS Youth and Individual & Families menus, there are bullying prevention tabs.

Of children in grades one to eight, six per cent admitted bullying others “more than once or twice” in the past six weeks, while 15 per cent reported they had been victimized at the same rate.

By age 24, 60 per cent of identified bullies have a criminal conviction. Most victims are unlikely to report bullying.

For more information on bullying and to read more about these stats, visit the Edmonton and Area Child and Family Service Authority website at www.edmontonandareacfsa.gov.ab.ca.