The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
Because we are committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work, Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charitable foundation. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.
Every dollar raised goes directly to helping the more than 30,000 women and children who are served each year by the shelters and support programs we fund. Since 1998, the Shelter Foundation has raised more than $24 million and currently supports 200 local women’s shelters and national partners. Our agents donate a portion of their commissions and Royal LePage offices across Canada hold local fundraising events. Our brokers, agents and staff also volunteer and provide in-kind goods to benefit the women and children residing in their local shelters.
To read stories of hope from brave families whose lives have been touched by abuse or to learn more about domestic violence, please visit us at www.shelterfoundation.ca Royal LePage real estate agents help Canadians find their dream home. For those who do not have a safe and peaceful home, Royal LePage is also there, helping families in the neighbourhoods where we live and work.
Violence against women and their children is a significant problem in all communities in Canada. We are proud to be working with women’s shelters and our national partners to provide safety and hope to women and children experiencing violence and abuse.
Research tells us the following:
- Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group
- Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. 1
- Every year in Canada, an estimated 360,000 children witness family violence. 2
- On any given day in Canada, 3000 women (and their 2500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape family violence. 3
- On average, every six days in Canada a woman is murdered by her intimate partner. In 2009, 67 women were killed by a current or former partner. 4
- Physical and sexual abuse costs Canadians over $4 billion each year (taking into account social services, criminal justice, lost wages and productivity, and healthcare). 5
By supporting women’s shelters, we are ensuring that women and children have a safe place to go to escape domestic violence. With our national partners, we fund healthy relationship programs for youth and support programs that help women and children heal from their experiences of abuse and rebuild their lives.
For additional research on family violence, visit www.canadianwomen.org
2Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Joint report by UNICEF, The Body Shop International, and the Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children, 2006.
3Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2009, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada, page 12.
4Homicide in Canada, 2009, Sara Beattie and Adam Cotter, Juristat, Volume 30, Number 3, Statistics Canada, page 14
5Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends 2006, Statistics Canada, p. 34.