Targeting domestic violence in the African community

Launched in 2022, Ruth’s House provides education, prevention, intervention and advocacy tools and is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence in the African community.

The government recognizes the impacts domestic violence has on families in Alberta, whether it is physical, mental or sexual. This funding will assist in expanding culturally sensitive supports to members of the African community in a meaningful and respectful way.

“Survivors of domestic violence need to know there is help out there where and when they need it. Ruth’s House provides critical support for survivors of domestic violence. I’m proud that our government is supporting them in their mission to break the cycle of violence.”

Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, Associate Minister of Status of Women

“We all know domestic violence has long-lasting impacts on the lives of those affected. The work of Ruth’s House will help ensure their most vulnerable clients can access the services they need to support them through their recovery. Alberta’s government will continue to work with partners across the province to stop the devastating effects of domestic violence and provide supports for survivors, now and into the future.”

Jason Luan, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Alberta’s government takes the threat and impact of domestic and family violence very seriously, which is why we are better protecting those who are at risk. Ruth’s House is a safe haven for families experiencing domestic violence and we are honoured to partner with them and end this cycle of violence.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and MLA for Calgary-Acadia

“I believe in our African values and culture, and in our community. Together we can ensure all African immigrants find not only a better life in Canada, but one that is violence free. With this funding and the combined efforts of communities, organizations and faith groups, we can offer solutions and care that will create permanent change and support the African home.”

Dee Adekugbe, executive director, Ruth’s House

The Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society will be administering the funding on behalf of Alberta’s government as the backbone agency of IMPACT, the provincial domestic and sexual violence collective.

“Domestic abuse is at epidemic levels, and changing course requires a collaborative effort that empowers families, communities and organizations to disrupt systems and patterns of abuse. Ruth’s House will play a pivotal role in advocating for the changes we need to end abuse in our province.”

Andrea Silverstone, chief executive officer, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

Quick facts

  • The provincial collective IMPACT estimates that rates of intimate partner violence in Canada have risen during the pandemic by up to 30 per cent.

  • Since Ruth’s House opened in February 2022, the organization has served more than 150 families and received more than 50 referrals.