We know that attacks at the hands of a family member account for approximately one quarter of all violent crime reported in our country each year. We are also seeing a troubling increase in family violence, stemming from the social isolation and other stressors of the pandemic. Family Violence Prevention Month brings these frightening trends into focus and also shines a light on efforts and resources to help those who are not safe in the one place where we all deserve to feel secure.
If you are in immediate danger, or you know someone who is, call 911. If family violence is a part of your life and you need to talk, you can call the toll-free Family Violence Info Line in Alberta at 310-1818. Anonymous assistance is available in more than 170 languages.
To everyone working on the front lines to help and protect victims of family violence, I offer my heartfelt thanks for sharing your abilities and your strength with those in need. I also offer my deep gratitude to the many the leaders, community educators and volunteers who are dedicated to raising awareness of family violence, and to bringing it to an end in our society. I wish you every possible success in your very important efforts.
Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani AOE, B.Sc. LLD (hon)
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta