Business Number: 129883443RR0001

Our Mission

We welcome your support and invite you to join us in taking a stand against family violence and abuse.

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 and Abuse 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.

Though the Emergency Shelter is the cornerstone of the organization, it is “More than a Shelter”, serving approximately 15,000 clients each year through a number of innovative safety, healing and prevention programs and services. Through these programs, the organization supports victims and engages the community in dialogue about family violence and abuse.

Our fondest wish is that someday our services will no longer be necessary. But until that day comes, we thank you for joining with us to support individuals and families in need.



Our Programs:

The 24-Hour Family Violence Helpline, open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, the Helpline is often the first line of support for women, children, youth and men reaching out to build lives free of abuse.

The Emergency Shelter provides safe and secure accommodation, food, basic essential items, safety planning, referral services and counselling to women with children, and single women fleeing family violence and abuse.

Community Services Counselling provides short-term crisis oriented support as well as longer-term, counselling to women and children who are unable, or choose not to enter the Emergency Shelter.

Child and Adolescent Services help children heal from abuse through therapeutic group programs and activities; available to clients in the Emergency Shelter and in the community.

Healthy Relationships is a prevention and early intervention based program offered to youth 12 years an older, which is focused on building healthier relationships.

Men's Counselling Service offers non-judgmental counselling to men who are concerned that their anger and abusive behaviours are negatively impacting their family members. Female partners also receive safety checks, counselling and support.

TAKE A STAND – a community capacity building initiative Educates and empowers community members to effectively support victims. Presentations are offered to organizations and community groups which help people learn how to identify family violence and abuse in all its forms, ways to respond compassionately to victims and how to connect them with available resources.

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