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The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters Publishes the 2021 Data Release of ACWS Member Shelter Experiences

December 13, 2021

Women’s level of danger remains at all-time high in Alberta, pandemic era doubles pressures on shelters: Points to need for investment in new shelter infrastructure throughout the province 

Edmonton, Alberta – The 2021 ACWS Alberta Shelter Data Release includes aggregate statistics on shelter experiences from April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021.  

The levels of danger faced by women as measured by Danger Assessment scores remain alarmingly high. Shelters also face a compounding of pressures related to the pandemic that have put significant stress on their operations. The report highlights the scale of Alberta’s ongoing domestic violence epidemic while showing how shelters continue to transform lives, despite ongoing challenges. 

Please find the 2020/21 Alberta Shelter Data Release Report here. 

You can watch the video footage of the media event here.


ACWS amplifies the collective voice of domestic violence shelters in Alberta and the ACWS Annual Alberta Shelter Data Release is our annual update to the community. Like the communities they operate in, shelters throughout the province are unique.  This report provides a provincial summary highlighting trends members are seeing collectively.  

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters represents 40 sheltering organizations operating more than 50 emergency and second stage shelters for women, their children, and seniors fleeing violence and abuse. The ACWS provides professional development and training, action-based research and increases public awareness of issues related to family violence for the benefit of abused women and their children. http://acws.ca   

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For further information or to arrange for an interview, please contact: 
Olivia Street, Coordinator of Communications and Social Advocacy
olivia.street@acws.ca // 780-566-3091