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Leaving Crime and Abuse

If you are in an abusive situation or at risk of being involved in crime, the following services may be able to help.

Get Help in Alberta

If it is an emergency please call 911.

Family Violence Info Line – 310.1818
Talk to trained staff over the phone toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in more than 170 languages.

Provincial Abuse Line – Call 1-855-4HELPAB (4435722)
Connect with resources, support, services and referrals

 


CPLEA Suggested Resources

Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.

The purpose of this site is to provide plain language information about the law to victims of violence in intimate relationships and their supporters. Willownet provides legal information that may help you if you are experiencing violence in a relationship. The site has information that is helpful on: facts about abuse, effects of relationship violence, what the law says about abuse, leaving the relationship safely (safety plan), taking your kids with you, pets, Protective Orders (EPOs, QBPOs) and going to court. The site also provides links to other family violence resources.

Related legal topic(s): Bullying, Child abuse, Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Protective orders, Relationship violence, Sexual assault, Sexual harassment, Spousal abuse

Albertans affected by family violence can get help through the government and community organizations located across the province.

Related legal topic(s): Child abuse, Family violence general resources, Harassment, Sexual assault, Sexual harassment, Spousal abuse, Victim support and victim rights

This kit has been designed for landlords, property managers and anyone else who works on-site or has access to residential rental units. It will help you understand the role you can play in preventing domestic violence on your premises. It also provides basic information on dealing with domestic violence when it does occur. For more CPLEA resources on abuse and violence in a relationship see: www.willownet.ca and www.cplea.ca/publications/abuse-and-family-violence/

Related legal topic(s): Family violence general resources, Landlord and tenant, Protective orders, Relationship violence, Spousal abuse

These resources hae been developed by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA)  for Albertans experiencing domestic violence and the frontline service workers who assist them. Resources address family-based legal issues that Albertans fleeing domestic violence need to consider before and after they have left an abusive relationship. The series covers:

  1. Alberta’s Protection Against Family Violence Act
  2. Child Custody and Parenting Orders
  3. Domestic Violence: How the Police Can Help
  4. Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs)
  5. Exclusive Possession Orders
  6. Financial Support Options
  7. Gathering Evidence of Abuse
  8. If You’re Thinking of Leaving
  9. Leaving an Abusive Relationship… If you are not a Canadian citizen
  10. No Contact Orders – Flowchart
  11. Peace Bonds
  12. Planning for an Emergency
  13. Preparing for Court
  14. Queen’s Bench Protection Orders
  15. Renting and Domestic Violence: Ending Your Lease Early
  16. Restraining Orders
  17. Serving Documents on an Abusive Party
  18. Working with a Family Law Lawyer
  19. Writing an Affidavit

For a complete list of resources in the Families and the Law: Domestic Violence Series please visit CPLEAs publication page at www.cplea.ca/publications/. Select Family Law from the drop down menu.

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Protective orders, Relationship violence, Spousal abuse

This online tutorial was created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. There are several different kinds of protective orders. Some are available under federal law (the Criminal Code of Canada); some are available under provincial laws. If you have been abused and want the abuser to stay away from you, you can apply for protective court orders. These court orders tell the abuser to stay away. If the abuser then does not stay away, he or she can be punished.

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Legal process, Protective orders

These FAQs are provided by the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. This resource provides information about the types of protective orders available to people dealing with family violence in Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Child abuse, Family violence general resources, Protective orders, Spousal abuse

Today Family Violence Help Centre is an Edmonton based, non-profit organization that offers a safe place for individuals victimized by family violence to access free, confidential, emotional and practical support. Today Centre provides short-term support through risk assessment, safety planning, assessment of immediate needs, and supported referrals.

Related legal topic(s): Child abuse, Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Spousal abuse

Alberta Resources

Calgary Counselling Centre is a charitable organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable counselling services to Calgarians. They offer counselling and group programs for individuals, couples, parents, families, and youth to help them resolve emotional and social problems. In addition to its may group and individual program services the Centre also offers a Male Domestic Abuse Outreach Program which provides counselling, advocacy, social service referrals (housing, financial aid, legal guidance, support) to men and their families experiencing domestic abuse of all forms.

Related legal topic(s): Divorce and separation, Drugs and alcohol, Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Health issues, Relationship violence, Sexual assault, Sexual harassment

The Calgary John Howard Society's vision is to promote positive change through humane, just, and informed responses to crime and its effects. The organization provides programs for both adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system, or who are at risk for becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Related legal topic(s): Crime prevention, Reintegration, Restorative justice

Catholic Social Services is a multi-function social service agency that serves people of all faiths and cultures throughout central Alberta. Founded in 1961, the agency has grown to deliver more than 100 programs.CSS is divided into Service and Program areas offered in five distinct Regions throughout central and northeast Alberta. Major Service areas include: Children, Family, and Community Service,Community Outreach and Disability Service, Immigration and Settlement Service, and Substance Abuse and Corrections Service.

Related legal topic(s): Corrections, Disabilities, Drugs and alcohol, Immigration, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Parole, Refugees, Reintegration

The Central Alberta Women's Outreach Society provides basic needs and emotional support for individuals as well as providing education and support in specific areas such as domestic violence, family law, and the effects of crisis on families. The Society offers a legal information and referrals program. This program provides legal information and referrals to individuals as they navigate through the legal and judicial system.  Their staff will assist clients to identify legal issues and prioritize legal needs.   

Related legal topic(s): Family violence general resources

This website section of Alberta Human Services deals with the protection of children from neglect and abuse. Topics include: What is Child Abuse? How Can I Help? What happens when I call? The Law; Special Case Reviews; Publications (child welfare fact sheets).

Related legal topic(s): Child abuse

Connect provides confidential 24-hour phone support and in-person services by appointment for people with questions about unhealthy or abusive relationships or sexual assault. Their website provides information on these topics, or call: Support Line: 403-237-5888 (Calgary area) or Toll-Free (in Alberta): 877-237-5888. They pledge to listen, suggest solutions and connect you with a network of people and agencies who can help - when you’re ready.

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Relationship violence, Sexual assault, Spousal abuse

The Distress Centre offers a main crisis and addictions line as well as specialty phone lines providing crisis intervention and information and referral services 24/7, 365 days a year. Short-term crisis counseling is also available in person. 24 hour Crisis Line 403-266-4357.

Related legal topic(s): Bullying, Child abuse, Relationship violence, Sexual assault, Spousal abuse

Edmonton John Howard Society is a not-for-profit, community-based crime prevention agency. They provide assistance to people in conflict with the law, their families, those who have the potential to be in conflict with the law, and victims of crime. Their work to eradicate the root causes of crime helps build safety and harmony in communities. The Edmonton John Howard Society works to promote a better understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the consequences of breaking the law. Their work is accomplished through educational presentations provided to youth in the school system and the community.

Related legal topic(s): Classroom materials, Crime prevention, Public legal education organizations, Reintegration

The Elder Abuse Intervention Team is a collaboration of the Edmonton Police Service, The City of Edmonton Community Services, Catholic Social Services and Victorian Order of Nurses. Their mission is to prevent and respond to elder abuse by working in partnership with the community, thereby enhancing the well being of older adults.
Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse

Elder abuse isn't just physical, it can also be sexual, emotional, and financial. These FAQs and booklet provide information on what elder abuse is, how to recognize different forms of elder abuse and what to do about it.
Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary (EFry) offers Pathways to Healing for women in conflict, or at risk of being in conflict, with the law by providing opportunities through supports and advocacy. Programs include: Prison and Community Outreach Program (PCOP), the Adult Court Legal Information Program, the Youth Court Work Program, the Community Awareness Program for Immigrants (CAPI), the Aboriginal Cultural Support Program, Berkana and Sabrina House, and the Volunteer Program.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Reintegration, Restorative justice

This service is offered by Alberta Child and Youth Services, Family Violence Prevention Unit. Help is provided in more than 170 languages. If you think someone you know is experiencing family violence, reach out by calling the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818, toll-free 24/7.

Related legal topic(s): Family violence general resources

HomeFront is a non-profit organization that collaborates with the justice system, police and community partners to reduce domestic violence in Calgary and the surrounding area. The Domestic Violence Intervention & Resource Team (DVIRT) provide victims support through the court process. Their services are provided free of charge. You must be referred to them by the Calgary Police Services.

Related legal topic(s): Family violence general resources, Spousal abuse

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