New report suggests domestic violence spikes after disasters

A new report by the Red Cross suggests domestic violence increases follow natural disasters like June's flooding.

Police are tracking domestic violence, suicides to see if they can be linked to flood

CBC's Tara Weber looks at the domestic abuse numbers following flooding in June. 2:07

A new report by the Red Cross suggests domestic violence increases follow natural disasters like June's flooding.

Many Calgary woman's shelters say they have seen an increase in demand since the floods. Many are now having to turn women away because there just isn't enough room.

"If you don't have a home or you're out on the street, that causes stress, or you don't have enough money or you've lost your job because of what's happened with the floods, those causes stresses in a relationship." said Staff Sgt. Ryan Ayliffe with the Calgary Police Service's domestic violence unit. "Increased stress can sometimes lead to violence."

The Calgary Police Service says it has not seen an increase in calls for domestic violence yet.

However, they are tracking those calls in addition to the number of suicides and suicide attempts to see if any increases can be linked to June's floods.

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