Airdrie RCMP have released some new numbers on domestic violence in the community.

Mounties say there were a total of 679 Spousal Abuse files in 2018, representing a 17 per cent decrease compared to 2017.

Airdrie has a specific Domestic Violence Unit focused on addressing domestic violence, a problem RCMP say can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or status.

Police are hoping to make the public more aware of the tools and resources in the community to help victims of family violence as there currently isn’t “a sanctioned or accredited Domestic Violence Shelter for victims of domestic violence”.

Constable Mike Hibbs said there are several local organizations that do provide support.

“There are several sanctioned groups available to provide immediate protection and confidential support to victims of domestic violence across Alberta,” Hibbs explained. “Those include Community Links, Children and Family Services, Mental Health and Addictions and Victims Services.”

Hibbs adds the RCMP make a concentrated effort to work with community members to end domestic violence and create new partnerships with organizations who can help ensure the safety of victims.

If you have any questions or concerns on reporting an incident of domestic violence or require support, you can contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200. In an emergency situation, always call 911.

 

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