The impact of this project will provide staff with greater capacity to help residents, as well as, improve the living environment making it more inviting and enjoyable for women and children in a time of crisis.
Thank you to Enbridge and Enbridge employees for your tremendous commitment to our community.
A Safe Place
A Safe Place provides emergency accommodation for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. They provide 24 hour crisis support, for up to 21 days, including counselling, child care, emergency transportation, and outreach services. A Safe Place also offers a phone line for people experiencing violence, elder abuse and for victims of human trafficking.
In 2016, A Safe Place supported 727 clients (including 369 children and youth) from Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, Edmonton and surrounding areas. In addition, over 2,000 calls were answered on their crisis line. Visit http://asafeplace.website/
Alarmingly, the number of reported cases of domestic violence continues to increase in our region. In 2016, there were approximately 8,715 events throughout the city that had a domestic violence component. Alberta leads the provinces in incidences of domestic assault, homicide-suicide, and stalking and has the third highest number of domestic homicides. At least one in four children in Alberta will witness their mother being abused and 70% of those children are also abused. (Source: Edmonton Police Service and Today Family Violence Centre.)
Community Investment Projects
United Way identifies the needs in the community, convenes partners, such as Enbridge, and acts as a project liaison in the spirit of collaboration and for the purpose of achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable populations.