Women's groups say the number of beds available for abused women in Alberta has not kept up with the province's exploding population.
Further complicating the matter, women are also staying longer in shelters because they have nowhere to move.
Alberta’s tight rental market, with a vacancy rate under two per cent, can make it difficult for anyone to find a place to live.
But for women trying to escape domestic abuse, the situation can be almost impossible.
CBC's Scott Fralick explains.