For 30 years, the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective (CDVC) has served as the voice for agencies that are working to end domestic and sexual violence in Calgary. Our purpose is threefold:
• To develop capacity to address domestic violence for domestic violence professionals and allied professionals;
• To inform and influence decision makers around a framework for ending domestic violence; and,
• To ensure a collaborative and coordinated community response to domestic violence in Calgary.
There are close to 60 organizations and community groups who are members of CDVC, including members from the not-for-profit, law enforcement and healthcare sectors. Members work together to coordinate what supports are being offered to victims of domestic violence, discuss public policy ideas that could help fight domestic violence and educate the public.
Representatives from member organizations can also sit on CDVC working groups to focus on a specific issue relating to domestic or sexual violence.
CDVC has three full-time staff and it is funded by the United Way of Calgary & Area. Our financial agent is Peer Support Services for Abused Women.
By working alongside the Mayor’s Task Force on Community & Family Violence in 1990 and joining the Action Committee Against Violence in 1992, CDVC developed a coordinated response plan for ending domestic violence. Since then CDVC has contributed to the seeding of several domestic violence prevention initiatives including the Men’s Domestic Conflict Help Line in 1996, the introduction of help cards, supporting the establishment of HomeFront in 1998, and the Knowledge Sharing Forum in 2007.
In 1996, CDVC executed the Domestic Violence Protocol Project. This launched more than 60 domestic violence protocols in various medical facilities and non-profit agencies. These protocols resulted in better working relations between stakeholders, creating efficiencies for service providers and quality care for those requiring the services.
CDVC’s commitment to collaboration has translated common goals into concrete actions, including: submission of “A Penny Saved” to the Alberta Round Table on Family Violence and Bullying, a paper to the Minister of Justice, outlining the negative implications of proposed changes to Legal Aid services, letters to the Government of Alberta in support of greater investment in second stage domestic violence shelters and letters in support of a provincial framework for ending domestic violence.
Click on each of the images below to learn more about our individual members, areas of focus and working groups/committees: