Alberta’s government is directing $400,000 to Ruth’s House, a Calgary-based agency that supports survivors of domestic violence in the African community.
Launched in 2022, Ruth’s House provides education, prevention, intervention and advocacy tools and is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence in the African community.
Ruth’s House provides safe haven for families experiencing domestic violence in the African community.
The government recognizes the impacts domestic violence has on families in Alberta, whether it is physical, mental or sexual.
This funding will assist in expanding culturally sensitive supports to members of the African community in a meaningful and respectful way.
The Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society will be administering the funding on behalf of Alberta’s government as the backbone agency of IMPACT, the provincial domestic and sexual violence collective.
The provincial collective IMPACT estimates that rates of intimate partner violence in Canada have risen during the pandemic by up to 30 per cent.
Since Ruth’s House opened in February 2022, the organization has served more than 150 families and received more than 50 referrals.