Five family violence shelters in the Northwest Territories as well as the territorial government’s Department of Health and Social Services will, later this month, launch a family violence shelter awareness campaign.
According to a news release, the NWT Family Violence Shelter Network came together because officials felt visibility needed to be improved for women who may be seeking their services.
The network includes five women’s shelters across the territory: Alison McAteer House run by the YWCA in Yellowknife, Family Support Centre in Hay River, Sutherland house, also run by the YWCA in Fort Smith, the Inuvik Transition House Society and Aimayunga Women and Emergency Foster Care Shelter in Tuktoyaktuk.
Family violence is defined as when a parent, child, partner, ex-partner or other relative hurts you with violence.
The violence can include physical, emotional and financial abuse, threats, harassment, damaging property, or harming pets.
According to a 2017 report by Aurora College, violent crime is considerably higher in the three territories than the rest of Canada, and violence against women is nine times higher than the national average.
Indigenous women are at the highest risk of facing intimate partner violence, with the same report citing that 75 percent of reported incidents involved Indigenous victims.
The campaign is to launch March 18th, next Monday.
Further information about the NWT Family Violence Shelter Network is available online at www.gov.nt.ca/shelternetwork.