A community free from family violence and abuse.
We are here to support individuals and families in their efforts to live free from family violence and abuse.
- RESPECT means honouring the inherent worthiness of each person and their expertise.
- RESPONSIBILITY acknowledges personal choice and accountability for one's own behaviour, while recognizing the impact those choices have on others. Responsibility transcends the individual and organization, and extends to the community.
- INTEGRITY is consistency between our values and our actions and words.
- EMPOWERMENT fosters one's own strengths and abilities.
- We believe violent and abusive behaviour is a deliberate choice.
- We believe individuals who are treated badly resist abuse in ways that protect their safety or maintain their dignity.
- We believe all individuals have inherent strengths and abilities.
- We believe family violence and abuse impacts the entire community.
- We believe all individuals have a right to live in a home free from actual or threatened violence and abuse.
In 1973, a group of visionary women opened a small volunteer-run shelter for women and families in Calgary. The following year, the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter registered as a charity, formally taking over the operations. Since our origins in a 13-bed facility in the Beltline area, the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter has expanded to serve over 15,000 Calgarians annually.
View the Chronological History of the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter.