Calgary police report a downward trend in reported cases of domestic violence

CALGARY — Police say the number of domestic violence cases in Calgary is continuing a downward trend so far this year.

Calgary police have released their latest statistics in recognition of Family Violence Prevention Month.

They say reports of domestic violence in the city have dropped since 2019.

At the end of September, police say there were 2,370 reports compared to 2,864 last year, and just over 3,100 in 2020.

Police say while the level of violence has dropped, the number of calls for assistance before someone gets physically hurt is on the rise.

Acting Staff sgt. Glenn Andruschuk of the domestic conflict unit says officers respond to about 20,000 calls a year related to domestic abuse, including non-criminal but potentially dangerous situations where someone asks for police help.

"Our statistics and reporting continue to show that, generally speaking, calls for service relating to actual incidents of domestic violence are decreasing, whereas domestic conflict reporting is increasing," Andruschuk sais.

"This means that Calgarians are reaching out for help and being connected to the necessary supports and resources before a violent act occurs."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 3, 2022.

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