Domestic violence impacts all of us, and requires all of us to make change and transform lives.
This Spring, join Sonshine in our work building a future where women and children live safely in healthy families!
From March 15th – April 30, 2023 we are challenging our community of supporters to Spring Into Action and help us raise $100,000 toward our transformational services and programs to women and children impacted by domestic violence. Find out how your financial gift today will make a difference in our community.
There are many other ways you can walk alongside women and children impacted by domestic violence, and work together to build a future free from violence.
Spring Into Action and Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence!
Knowledge is power! Knowing how to identify the many ways domestic violence and abuse can show up will make you a better friend, ally and community member. Our monthly newsletter includes recent news, research and resources to support your learning – sign up here.
It often takes a tremendous amount of courage and trust for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse to tell someone. The best thing you can do if a friend, family member, coworker or community member tells you they’re being abused is to listen – actively, attentively, and with compassion and understanding.
Supporting a victim of domestic violence and abuse can be as simple as saying ‘I believe you. It’s not your fault.’ If someone has asked you for help, you can find helpful emergency and non-emergency phone numbers on our printable Domestic Violence Resource Card here.
Each of us can do our part to shift social norms that contribute to domestic violence and abuse, but breaking the cycle also requires action from all levels of government. Stay informed about local, provincial and federal policies, and engage with local representatives to advocate for violence prevention and gender equity.
Short-term emergency shelters for women fleeing violence:
- Sagesse: Offers peer-based individual mentorship as well as group programs
- Distress Centre Calgary: Provides crisis support through a 24 hour support line and professional counselling
- Calgary Street Survival Guide: Lists a variety of services available to challenged and low income individuals facing daily struggles in Calgary
Am I in an Abusive Relationship?
The following information sheets can help you determine if you are in an abusive relationship and what options are available to you.
- Self Quiz: Am I in an Abusive Relationship?
- Healthy Relationships Information Sheet (Government of Alberta)
- Women in Abusive Relationships Information Sheet (Government of Alberta)