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Where to get help for Domestic Violence Victims in Airdrie and Rocky View County

Domestic Violence is a crime that affects thousands of women and children in Airdrie and Rocky View Country, Alberta.

Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS) has been supporting and assisting the victims of domestic violence since the early 1990’s. We have helped tens of thousands of people who have been victims of domestic and family violence to be safe, access services and supports, and heal.

Victims Advocates with ADVAS are always here to help.

First, and most important, ADVAS helps people to be safe. This can sometimes include finding a safe place to stay and, depending on the situation, may or may not include a stay at a women’s shelter. We also provide safety planning, including enhanced safety planning with the RCMP when appropriate. With decades of experience, an office in the safety of a police detachment, and a community of professionals ready to keep people safe, ADVAS Advocates help women and children safely escape domestic violence.

ADVAS also connects victims of domestic violence to financial supports for victims of crime, other financial supports, and programs and services to provide stability. This might mean connecting to an organization that can help with safe and stable housing or accommodations, subsidy programs, child care, furniture and essential items, and more.

To help with healing, ADVAS connects victims of domestic violence to appropriate clinical and social supports. This means having doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, and more, all on your care team – ready to help you. Each of the people we assist can choose who we make referrals to, meaning that you do not need to accept all of the available help.

ADVAS also helps you to maintain relationships with the people closest to you. Domestic violence destroys relationships, and often not only the ones involving the abuser and their victim. ADVAS Advocates can help you and your loved ones navigate the situation together by providing tips and guidance and helping you know what to expect from one another.

If your situation includes a criminal case, ADVAS Court Coordinator will help you to understand how the Canadian Justice System works with domestic violence case files and how domestic violence offenders are handled in the courts. We will help you contribute in your own way, if you choose, to the case and help you understand the case as it moves through the courts. This means that we sometimes stay with a victim for many years.

If you or someone you know is at imminent risk of harm, call 911. The RCMP will call us and arrange a safe time and place for us to meet.

If you have questions about supports and services, or about planning a safe exit from an unsafe situation, please fill in the contact form on our website, call 403.945.7290, or come see us at the RCMP Detachment in Airdrie – Monday to Friday from 9 to 4.

Your doctor or other emergency personnel can also reach out to us to arrange for discreet support.