The unwelcome news that violent crimes have increased in Airdrie is probably not surprising to residents, given the number of high-profile incidents in the city of late.
It is also worth noting, though reported occurrences of domestic violence are down, cases of domestic sexual assault have increased dramatically.
Though family violence can happen to anyone, research indicates there are factors that increase the risk of violence in a household. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, community factors include diminished economic opportunities and high concentrations of poor residents – issues currently prevalent in Alberta’s economy – as well as low levels of community participation and high levels of transiency.
Social risk factors include association with delinquent peers, social rejection by peers and lack of involvement in conventional activities.
While these are only a few risk factors, and we haven’t touched on family or individual elements, it does highlight the contribution of the community environment.
It is important we educate, support and end the transmission of violence from one generation to the next. A great step being undertaken by Airdrie RCMP is its presentations at local high schools outlining the signs of an unhealthy relationship. We implore you to do the same by promoting an intolerant attitude toward violence, presenting consistent negative reinforcement to aggression and talking to youth about family violence.
If you’re in an abusive relationship and need support, contact the Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 to get help anonymously.