As a collective, we are stewards of a movement based on relationships and a common agenda. We are not bound by structure or hierarchy – in fact, adaptability is our essence – allowing us to embrace new and emergent ideas.
For 30 years, the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective has served as the voice for agencies that are working to prevent domestic and sexual violence in Calgary. Our mission is threefold.
To build capacity within organizations, communities and individuals to address domestic and sexual violence.
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To inform and influence decision makers, system leaders and government around a framework for preventing domestic violence.
To ensure a collaborative and coordinated community response to domestic and sexual violence prevention in Calgary.
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
As a collective with representation from multiple systems and over 70 organizations, CDVC has developed a list of leverage areas for coordination, policy development and capacity building. These priorities were developed through a bi-annual community consultation process that took place in February 2018.
COORDINATION ALONG THE SERVICE SPECTRUM
- To bring leaders in the domestic and sexual violence community together.
- To make sure there is a coordinated approach to helping families in crisis.
- To identify possible gaps in services, find ways to fill those gaps and improve service delivery.
ETHNO-CULTURALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
For ethno-culturally diverse communities we are committed to:
- Improving access.
- Removing barriers.
- Customizing service.
MEN AND BOYS ADDRESSING STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE
By focusing on ways to better engage the current and future generation of men, we hope to:
- Help them use their position within the community.
- Affect change within our culture and become strong allies in reducing incidents of domestic violence.
- Promote healthy views on masculinity and gender equality.
The Calgary Police respond to 2 domestic violence related calls every hour of every day.
1 in 3 Albertans will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
Only 25% of people experiencing DV will contact the police.
CDVC executed the Domestic Violence Protocol Project which 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.