Family violence and abuse is a community issue. We all have a role to play in helping end it. Family violence and abuse affects all of us and many people want to reach out and be supportive of victims, but aren’t sure how.


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The majority of victims of violence turn to someone they know first for help, as opposed to a Shelter, the police or some other formal service, and how these family members, friends and co-workers (informal supporters) respond is incredibly important in shaping what a victim does next.

The reactions of informal supporters, or “social responses” can have very positive or negative impacts for a victim.

Launched in March 2018, the Take A Stand initiative educates and empowers community members to effectively support victims. Presentations are offered to organizations and groups to help people learn how to identify family violence and abuse in all its forms, ways in which to compassionately and positively respond to victims, and ways to connect them with the resources they need.

Together, we can Take A Stand Against Family Violence and Abuse. Offering non-judgmental, compassionate support is a powerful way to help end violence and make positive change in our community.

For more information or to book a presentation, visit: Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter's website or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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