There is no one-size-fits-all solution to ending domestic violence. Emergency shelters for women and children in need of a safe haven from abuse will be a necessity for many years to come - but to make a real difference, we must continue to take proactive, preventative approaches.
Since 2009, one approach Rowan House has been taking is providing Healthy Relationship Education to youth in schools and we've had great feedback from both students and teachers. This is an evidence-based measure and will definitely create change for future generations. However, there's a generation of adults who have been affected by intergenerational trauma who are continuing the cycle in the meantime.
In the last episode of Season 2, RCMP officer - Leanne Beattie, lawyer - Diana Lowe and Safe at Home Program Director - Nara Fedozzi join me to talk about the prevalence of domestic violence in southern Alberta and why supports and healing for those using abusive behaviours is an important piece of the puzzle.