Alberta's new family violence framework released in Calgary

The provincial government released a framework in Calgary Friday morning that will attempt to prevent family violence before it starts.

Plan to focus on reaching children, youth

Chief Rick Hanson says Calgary officers working in elementary schools have learned that problem students often have problems at home. (CBC)

The provincial government released a framework in Calgary Friday morning that will attempt to prevent family violence before it starts.

It's estimated the province has spent $600 million in the past five years for shelters, health and justice services connected to family violence.

The framework, calledFamily Violence Hurts Everyone, plans to take new approaches to dealing with family violence — like reaching out to people through non-traditional channels such as sports groups or faith leaders.

One of the objectives focuses on reaching out to children and youth to help prevent problem students.

"When we bring the [Start Smart Stay Safe program] officers in there, what we find when we get into the home is [the] root cause is domestic violence," said Chief Rick Hanson of the Calgary police.

The province says the framework was designed using the latest research and best practices on family violence and recognizes the need to involve all members of the community while changing attitudes and behaviours.

"Family violence strikes at the heart of our society," said Sandra Jansen, Alberta's associate minister of family and community safety, in a release.

"A person's home should be a place of warmth, safety and security."

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