In this paper, we examine the relationship between alcohol use and domestic violence, and explore whether policy changes - in particular the regulation of liquor store density - can be effective in preventing and reducing domestic violence. This paper outlines a rationale for implementing liquor outlet density controls in Alberta and offers examples of effective research, policy and enforcement strategies from other jurisdictions. It concludes with a list of ways that municipalities in Alberta could take action.
Shift would like to express our gratitude to the peer review panel for their insights in helping strengthen this report. Thank you to Dr. Christine Walsh, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary and Dr. John Winterdyk, Professor, Department of Justice Studies, Mount Royal University.
Wells, L., Dozois, E., & Esina, E. (2013). The role of alcohol outlet density in reducing domestic violence in Alberta. Calgary, AB: The University of Calgary, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence.