As the COVID-19 pandemic trickled into 2022, we continued to see an influx of women, children, and youth who were forced to stay home with their abusers because of pandemic restrictions. We received more crisis calls than the year before. Quickly, we retrofitted our Shelter and transitional housing to ensure we were meeting physical distancing restrictions and expanding our capacity to house more women, children, and youth than ever before.
The pandemic has shone a spotlight on domestic violence showing us that home is not safe for all Canadians and highlighted a need for more programs and services so we can reach more women, especially those in other marginalized groups. Indigenous women, members of the 2SLGBTQ+AA community, immigrant women, and women of colour continue to be disproportionately affected by Intimate Partner Violence.
We have seen continued demand for our services as women, children, and youth turn to us for safety. Your support remains vital to our ability to meet their needs.