24-Hour Family Violence Helpline

403.234.SAFE (7233)  

Learn About Abuse

"Everyone deserves to live without fear and be treated with respect - to live in safety."

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To be successful in our mission to end family violence and abuse, we need to fully understand the factors and dynamics affecting this complex social issue.

Within this section, we have included:

  • Easy to understand information and statistics to help you understand the magnitude of this vast problem
  • How it impacts society from social and financial perspectives
  • How to define and identify abuse, clinical and counselling approaches and beliefs held here at the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter
  • Impacts on women, children and families, how abusers work and ways to help address family violence and abuse in the community


The Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter is committed to continual learning and development around family violence and abuse and collaborates with educators and professionals within the domestic violence sector to stay abreast of new learnings.


Click here to read more about our approach

Client Testimonials

I created a great safety plan that worked, but the most important thing I took away, was the feeling I was worthwhile.

~ Brenda


 Now I have the ability to express my feelings and to trust the other kids at school.

~ Mike


 I don’t think abuse is a learned behaviour - you either choose to or choose not to. Well, I chose the wrong way and now I’m choosing the right way.

~ James



24-Hour Family Violence Helpline
403.234.SAFE (7233)
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