The issue of Domestic Violence is not an isolated problem. Many families in our province suffer from the effects, and Prince Albert is no exception. But the problems and issues are not exclusive to that home. Although the violence and abuse may hide behind the closed doors of family homes, the symptoms of those issues run free in our communities. Children raised in domestic violence situations struggle in school with sleep deprivation, emotional issues, behavioral issues, and ultimately academic problems. If untreated, these problems can run deeper into addictions and criminality. Children raised in homes of domestic violence have higher probability of becoming an abuser later in life, or being a victim. And the cycle continues…..if we don’t think differently.
The issues and resulting behaviors of domestic violence of victims and children, affect all of us, and will take a larger effort by all involved to make an impact. Community Mobilization is working on a strategic plan that will focus on Domestic Violence to shed a light on this very dark subject. The plan will include Education, Health, Social Services, PAGC and Police. The issues affect us all, and we all have to be part of the solution.
In the meantime, there are groups in our city dedicated to helping those in crisis. If you, or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please call the Police for immediate assistance, Mobile Crisis, Catholic Family Services, Communities Against Family Violence, ISKWEW , or just talk to someone in your school, or at your workplace. It’s important for you to know you’re not alone.
Prince Albert Police Service
(306) 953-4222 (24hrs) or 911 in emergencies
Catholic Family Services
ISKWEW (Women helping women)
Communities Against Family Violence