There's a disturbing trend in Hanna and members of the community want to do something about it.
 
"The domestic violence rate in Hanna and Hanna area right now is about three times the national (per capita) average," reported RCMP Corporal Trent Sperlie. "I can't tell you if that's unusual compared to other areas because I don't have the statistics, but it certainly is high right now."
 
In 2014, the last year for which figures are available, four per cent of Canadians with a current or former spouse or common law partner reported having been physically or sexually assaulted in the past five years.
 
"They have a committee in town now that's looking into the domestic violence and we're trying to look at ways that we can curb it," said Sperlie. "The economic situation that Alberta's in right now would contribute to that."
 
With Christmas less than a month away, Corporal Sperlie expects things will probably get worse before they get better, at least for some people.
 
"Depression is not an unusual thing around Christmas time, so we typically will see a little more with regards to that, but I think overall we're just seeing an increase in domestic violence and you can't really pinpoint what the causes are at this point."
 
Sperlie wants people to remember the various agencies and private organizations that are out there to help people with emotional problems.
 

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