Members work together to coordinate what supports are being offered to victims of domestic and sexual violence, discuss public policy ideas that address domestic violence and educate the public.

  • Education & Prevention - Related
  • Government - Related & Funding
  • Law Enforcement & Justice - Related
  • Newcomers to Canada - Related
  • Research - Related
  • Seniors - Related
  • Sexual Violence & Exploitation - Related
  • Shelters & Housing - Related
  • Treatment, Education & Prevention - Related

Education & Prevention - Related

12 Community Safety Initiative

12 Community Safety Initiative (12CSI) is a local crime prevention collaborative that fosters community action on the issue of crime prevention by providing support, facilitation and advocacy.

It operates in the communities of District 4 of the Calgary Police Service which are Abbeydale, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Applewood Park, Calgary Marlborough, Crossroads (Mayland & Vista Heights), Dover, Erin Woods, Forest Heights, Forest Lawn, Marlborough Park, Penbrooke Meadows and Southview. Together, we work toward creating safer neighbourhoods using the actions of our Teams - Youth, Communications, Diversity, Community Action and Governance.

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Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT) Alberta

Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT) Alberta increases knowledge and awareness on human trafficking, advocates for effective rights-based responses, builds capacity of all involved stakeholders and leads and fosters collaboration for join action against human trafficking.

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Action Dignity (Ethno-Cultural Council Calgary)

Action Dignity is a community-based organization that facilitates the collective voice of Calgary’s ethno-cultural communities towards full civic participation and integration through collaborative action.

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Alberta Council of Women's Shelters

ACWS is the provincial network organization of women’s shelters in Alberta. ACWS supports 40 members operating over 50 shelters across the province for women, children, and seniors facing domestic abuse. We support our members and work with them to end domestic violence through culture-shifting violence prevention programs, collective data and research, and front-line training. With support from ACWS, Alberta shelters are helping to provide safety, support families, and improve communities.

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Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services encompasses the skilled and dedicated health professionals, support staff, volunteers and physicians who promote wellness and provide health care every day.

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Alcove - Addiction Recovery for Women

For more than forty years, Alcove has been helping women turn their lives around and break the cycle of addictions, abuse and mental health distress.

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Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

The primary work of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services is to provide leadership, coordination and collaboration of sexual assault services in Alberta. The AASAS member agencies and services are responsible for day-to-day front line delivery of services within their local communities and regional areas.

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Aventa Centre of Excelllence for Women with Addictions

Aventa is the leader in the Province of Alberta in providing trauma informed, gender-specific, concurrent capable, live-in addiction treatment services for women.

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Awo Taan Healing Lodge

Awo Taan Healing Lodge provides wholistic support and guidance to women and children from all cultures. The shelter consists of 27 beds that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with emergency counselors on call 24 hours a day.

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Big Hill Haven

Since 2016, Big Hill Haven has been working in Cochrane and surrounding area, providing outreach supports to those living in violent and abusive situations. We are here to support women, with or without children. Big Hill Haven is committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence by increasing accessibility to programs and services for those living in a rural setting. We are now happy to also offer secure and confidential shelter space to those fleeing violence and abuse. We remain committed to creating awareness through prevention, education and supportive counselling. Learn More:

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Brenda Strafford Society

The Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is a second-stage shelter for women and their children who have fled domestic violence.

The Centre offers a safe and secure environment. During their six-month stay at the Centre, both women and children are provided with programs and services in a supportive yet independent environment.

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Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society is a non-profit organization, which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta.

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Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) is the primary sexual abuse and sexual assault crisis and education service provider for Calgary and surrounding areas. CCASA exists because sexual violence is a crime that is prevalent in our society and impacts a significant number of people.

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Calgary Counselling Centre

Calgary Counselling Centre is a charitable organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable counselling services to Calgarians.

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Calgary Family Law Associates

Calgary Family Law Associates is an association of independent practitioners who work under a united banner. Although we work as independent lawyers, we share resources and support one another.

Each lawyer has areas of special interest and experience, and we are able to refer our clients to one another as best suits their needs. Among our colleagues, we have practitioners with special interests in child welfare, domestic violence, collaborative family law, complex property division, real estate, and wills and estates.

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Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network

CFAN believes in a community where no family faces FASD alone and individuals thrive. To get there, we need people like you. Learn how you can partner with us in education, mobilization, funding, support and more. Together, we can help vulnerable individuals thrive.

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Calgary Housing Company

Calgary Housing Company is a City of Calgary owned corporation providing safe and affordable housing solutions to citizens of Calgary. Calgary Housing Company operates and manages over 10,000 subsidized and affordable housing units and has a variety of housing options for low-income households including duplexes, townhouses and high-rise apartments.

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Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) was established in 1982 as a non-profit organization to address the needs and concerns of immigrant and refugee women, youth, children and families.

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Calgary John Howard Society

The Calgary John Howard Society is a community-based charitable organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of crime and increasing community safety through preventative and restorative justice practices. To accomplish these ends, they provide:

  • Direct services to individuals at risk
  • Advocacy for effective responses to crime and the individuals involved
  • Education for youth and adults in the community
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Calgary Legal Guidance

Calgary Legal Guidance exists to provide legal assistance and information to disadvantaged persons who would not otherwise have access to such services.

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Calgary Police Service

In concert with other agencies and the citizens of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service strives to preserve the quality of life in our community by maintaining Calgary as a safe place to live, work and visit.

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Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre

The Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre is a non-profit agency offering assistance for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or experiencing post-abortion stress. We have been caring for women, youth and families since 1985. We are here to answer questions, present options and provide support through the decision-making process and beyond. Whatever journey you choose, we will be there to walk with you. Whatever option you choose: abortion, adoption, or parenting, we want the Centre to be a comfortable and safe place to be.

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Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter

The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter is focused on ending family violence and abuse in the lives of women, children, youth and men. Taking a Stand Against Family Violence in the community since 1974, the agency has helped more than 200,000 Calgarians build safe lives and healthy relationships. We are on the front lines to provide hope and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

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CARYA Society of Calgary

With 40 program offerings for individuals and families, CARYA provides a full spectrum of interactive counselling and development services for people of all ages — from babies to youth to older adults — and their support network.

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Catholic Family Service

For 60 years, Catholic Family Service (CFS) has been delivering programs and services designed to help people work through issues like marital problems, family breakdown, trauma and abuse.

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Centre for Newcomers

Since 1988 the Centre for Newcomers has been a key resource for immigrants and refugees of all nationalities in Calgary. We view the integration of newcomers as a two-way process of experience, influence and impact between newcomers and the communities that welcome them.

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Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta

Our mission: to engage the public in promoting, accessing, and enhancing justice in Canada.

Our vision: to be a centre of excellence in the theory and practice of public legal education.

Our mandate: to contribute to, advance and promote the legal knowledge and education of the people of Canada.

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Centre for Sexuality

Centre for Sexuality is a nationally recognized, community-based organization delivering programs and services that work to normalize sexuality and sexual health across the lifespan. We have been leading the way in the areas of sexuality, healthy relationships, human rights, gender identity, sexual orientation, equality and consent for more than 40 years in the Calgary community.

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Children's Cottage Society

Since 1986 The Children’s Cottage Society has been dedicated to preventing harm and neglect to children and building strong families through support services, respite programs and crisis nurseries. We are a recognized leader in providing effective programs and services to help ensure Safe Children in Healthy Families. 

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Chinese Community Response to Family Violence

The Chinese Community Response to Family Violence is an Alliance to create awareness in the Chinese community on domestic violence and to strengthen families.

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Closer to Home

Closer to Home Community Services (CTH) is a charitable organization located in Calgary that offers a wide range of services designed to meet the unique needs of children, youth and families.

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Discovery House

Discovery House provides integrated residential and community services for abused women and children to enable them to live safely in the community.

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Distress Centre

Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) ensures everyone has a place to turn to in a time of crisis by providing 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling and 211 referrals - all at no cost.

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Gems for Gems

Gems for Gems has identified the need to not only ease the pain created by the global epidemic of domestic abuse, but to do all within our power to end the cycle for as many women, and their children, as possible.

Empowering these women to empower themselves ignites the spark needed to create lasting change. Through our initiatives, that spark grows into the fire used to light the way to a new life for all.

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HIV Community Link

HIV Community Link exists to support people living with, or at risk of HIV and hepatitis C. We educate communities, give non-judgmental support, tools and information, and offer harm reduction programs and services to populations in Calgary and Southeastern Alberta.

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Home Front is a non-profit organization that collaborates with the justice system, police and community partners to reduce domestic violence in Calgary and the surrounding area.

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JFSC (Jewish Family Service Calgary) enriches lives and strengthens communities by providing social services to individuals, children, youth and families based on the values of compassion, social justice, and improving the world.

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Kerby Centre

The Centre was established in 1973 to enhance the quality of life for older persons. Located at the western edge of Calgary’s downtown, the Centre provides an array of active living programs and preventive services.

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Legal Aid Alberta

With offices located in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wetaskiwin, the Family Law Office (FLO) assists clients who have a family law legal problem and who have qualified for services through Legal Aid Alberta.  FLO staff lawyers provide legal representation to clients in all levels of court for matters including:

  • separation and divorce
  • custody, access, parenting orders, contact orders
  • child maintenance and spousal support
  • guardianship
  • child protection/child welfare
  • matrimonial property disputes
  • representation of children
  • grandparent contact orders
  • Hague Convention applications
  • Emergency Protection Order
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Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is a non-profit organization that, together with our partners, is taking a leadership role to advance the way our country understands and addresses child abuse.

We work with our partner organizations to provide wrap-around services to assess, investigate, intervene, and support survivors of child abuse while bringing offenders to justice.

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Maskan (Canadian Pakistani Support Group)
Maskan is a transitional home for women and children fleeing from domestic violence and other forms of assault. Maskan provides temporary shelter and demand-driven support to help for a peaceful and sustainable transition for clients. The Maskan team works closely with clients until they stand again and mainstreamed in society. Maskan is a safe space for women, children, and young girls as it ensures conscious efforts for sustainability by removing the gender barriers to enter in the new habitat. Maskan is confidently and successfully supporting its clients through community partnerships, youth, and community engagement for extended support and workable transition.
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Mosaic Primary Care Network

Mosaic Primary Care Network is a non-profit organization that brings local family doctors and health professionals together to provide health care to you and your family. Our vision, Better Health For All, honours our area's diversity of cultures.

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Muslim Families Network Society

Muslim Families Network Society (MFNS) is a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly to enhance the physical, social, and spiritual well being of individuals and families in Calgary and area by providing education and awareness, poverty relief and social supports based on Islamic principles and values.

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Next Steps Ministries

Next Step Ministries is a Christian organization that was established in 2010 by Phil and Jackie Reimer to help meet the needs of vulnerable and exploited people in the community of Calgary. Today, NSM has four programs that work together to help women exit sexual exploitation and move towards a life of hope and healing.

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Nisa Homes

Nisa Homes is the first group of transitional homes for Immigrant, Refugee and Muslim women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We are a safe haven for women experiencing domestic violence, poverty, homelessness or seeking asylum. This home is a centre of empowerment where the vulnerable are given hope, the broken are rebuilt and the helpless are given their dignity.

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North of McKnight Communities Society

The North of McKnight Communities Society is a grassroots umbrella organization made up of several faith, ethnic and cultural groups and residents that work and live in the 8 communities located geographically North of the McKnight Bouleveard. These include the communities of Coral Springs, Castleridge, Falconridge, Martindale, Taradale, Saddleridge, Cityscape, Sky View, Redstone and Cornerstone.

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Pro Bono Law Alberta

Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.

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Punjabi Community Health Services

Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) Calgary is a standalone not-for-profit society modelled on the very successful Punjabi Community Health Services operating in Ontario. PCHS Ontario is a pioneer in the cross-cultural understanding of providing health and social services in our diverse Canadian population.

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Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse (RESOLVE) Alberta

RESOLVE Alberta is part of RESOLVE, which is a tri-prairie research network that co-ordinates and supports research aimed at ending violence, especially violence involving girls and women. The RESOLVE network is affiliated with the University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, University of Regina, University of Alberta, University of Winnipeg, and Brandon University.

The goal of RESOLVE is to reduce the incidence and impact of violence and abuse by:

  • creating and evaluating strategies to address violence and abuse;
  • communicating our research results to the public and policy makers;
  • promoting education, awareness, and social change.

To accomplish this we:

  • work with community groups to identify areas where additional research needs to be done;
  • develop action-oriented research projects;
  • work in interdisciplinary teams in partnership with community groups and other universities and centres in Canada;
  • we train students and members of the community organization in research methods.
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Reset Society of Calgary (Formerly, Servants Anonymous)

RESET Society of Calgary is a registered non-profit organization which operates 24 hours a day all year-round. They provide an extensive relationship-based long-term program for women, including those who are pregnant or with children, who have experienced or are at risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking, all of which have been affected by related issues including addiction, trauma, and homelessness.

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Rowan House Emergency Shelter

Rowan House Emergency Shelter's mission is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities.

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Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

Sagesse empowers individuals, organizations and communities to break the cycle of domestic violence.

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Sonshine Community Services

Sonshine Centre is a one-year residential facility with counseling and supportive services for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The Centre provides a safe place for women and children to live during a time of transition.

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Strathmore Shelter, Wheatland Crisis Society

The Community Crisis Society provides ongoing supports and services to women, men and children who are affected by family violence.

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The Alex

The Alex’s health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbours, tackling tough health and social issues head-on.

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Trellis helps people break out of the cycle of poverty and create better lives for themselves and their families.

Trellis offers a wide range of programs and one-on-one, personalized support to meet each client’s needs.

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YW Calgary

As the largest and longest serving women’s organization in Calgary, the YW is focused on enhancing women’s safety and well-being while advocating for equity.

The YW is women-centred, brighter-future focused; rules do not constrain them, they provide services that support women to gain control of their lives, become economically secure and live free of violence.

Together with their donors, government and other social agencies, the YW provides shelter, supportive housing, counselling, child development, childcare, education and employment programs that help move women from crisis to stability.

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YWCA Banff

The YWCA of Banff is a registered charity delivering consistent programming and services to the Bow Valley Communities. Clients come to the YWCA Banff at critical turning points in their lives. The YWCA Banff's priorities in service delivery include emergency shelter for women and their families who are fleeing domestic violence; counseling, support and advocacy for women and their families experiencing family violence; violence prevention awareness and programs; affordable long term accommodation; and social housing. The YWCA of Banff serves a client base of both women and men of all demographic and geographic backgrounds.

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Our members work together to coordinate what supports are being offered to victims of domestic and sexual violence, discuss public policy ideas that address domestic violence and educate the public.

Who do we consider for membership?

Membership in the CDVC is open to organizations, agencies, institutions and systems that progress the cause of domestic violence in Calgary. Members attending the large CDVC table are expected to be influencers within their entity. When a member leaves, their replacement, from the same entity, is automatically deemed a member – no reapplication is necessary.

In order to be considered for membership, please fill out this form:

  • Who are you?

    Please provide a primary person for CDVC matters

  • Please provide information about your organization

  • Why do you want to become a member?


As a collective with representation from multiples systems and more than 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.



  • 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.


For ethno culturally diverse communities we are committed to:

  • Improving access.
  • Removing barriers
  • Customizing service.


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.


Our working groups work to advance all three of our focus areas. There are four core working groups and other specialized working groups are formed on a temporary basis if there is strong interest form members.



The communications working group acts as the bridge between the CDVC and members of the Calgary community. Through maintaining the CDVC website, social media and public materials, the communications committee helps deliver important information and news on behalf of the CDVC.



The policy working group aims to contribute to the development and improvement of policies that impact domestic violence. By working with elected officials from all political spectrums we can work collectively toward preventing domestic and sexual violence.



The inquiry and evaluation working group aims to move the work of the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective forward as an adaptive collective impact model. The goals of this group include establishing a process to support emergent funding needs of CDVC, developing a collective impact evaluation framework for CDVC and enhance the collective impact capacity of CDVC.



The capacity building working group promotes the practical application of best practices and research among members. This is done by monitoring trends in research and coordinating access to training in domestic and sexual violence for members. By facilitating a coordinated approach to training, all members and domestic violence professionals can learn how to best serve their clients. This ensures a high level of professionalism in the sector and promotes consistency in how domestic and sexual violence is being addressed.


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