New program hoping to end domestic abuse

According to Stats Canada, there were 107,810 police-reported intimate partner violence incidents in 2019, which is up from 99,000 in 2018. The Safe at Home program, put on by the Rowan House Society in Claresholm, is designed to be an alternative approach to serving families who are experiencing domestic abuse and violence through a unique approach.

“We provide a range of services and supports to individuals with a history of perpetrating abuse. Abusive partners towards their intimate partner. We work collaboratively with the outreach team through Rowan House Society, who is actually supporting the impacted family through this process. Through Safe at Home we provide psychosocial relocation sessions, either in group or individual, and we provide case management. We also provide transitional housing. That gives an opportunity for the person who has actually been impacted by the abuse, to stay safe at home,” states Nara Fedozzi, the Program Director for Rowan House Society.

Alberta has the 4th highest rate of police-reported intimate partner violence amongst the provinces.

Micah Quinn

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