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YWCA says unemployment is leading to domestic violence

April 23, 2020

Experts are saying that job loss and the anticipation of unemployment is leading to more domestic violence cases. Shannon Hansen, CEO of the YWCA spoke about this during a live stream hosted by the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs.

"Statistics show that the difference between when people loose a job and domestic violence, there's obviously a correlation. There's even a higher correlation with the threat of job loss. The threat of income loss is more likely to promote domestic violence than the actual job or income loss."

Hansen says Lethbridge posts the highest numbers in the province for people who are turned away from domestic shelters.