Women and children fleeing domestic abuse were turned away from shelters more than 600 times in one month in Saskatchewan, according to a CBC News investigation.
CBC News contacted all 24 shelters in Saskatchewan, including 18 short-stay crisis shelters, which often cap at 30 days, and asked for numbers from November 2019. Similar efforts across Canada found women and children are turned away almost 19,000 times a month.
Sask. shelters say the 600 turnaways in November are representative of most months and that the number may actually be much higher, but many shelters only document cases of women and don't count their children.