Awareness Campaigns

Leading Change 

ACWS launched our call to action, Leading Change, during Family Violence Prevention Month in November 2015.  Leading Change appeals to every one of us and asks us to find ways to lead change from where we stand to end violence against women.  A movement is required to end cycles of violence and abuse and we all have the ability to impact the world around us.  #LeadingChange

Global Shelter Data Count 

A key outcome of the first World Conference of Women's Shelters, the Global Network of Women's Shelters' annual Global Shelter Data Count examines how many women and children seeking refuge from violence are helped by sheltering organizations on one day.  The Data Count, now in its fourth year, is conducted by the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters and generates a compelling tool for public education.  Shelters or sheltering networks interested in participating in the 2013 count from around the globe can access the materials here:
Data Count 2013 Information Sheet
2012 Global Data Count 
2011 Global Data Count
2010 Global Data Count 

Family Violence Prevention Month

Every November, ACWS initiates and participates in a number of awareness activities designed to engage the public, media and organizations in our mission to support shelters and end domestic violence.

Through their participation in Family Business Connect, Shaw Communications and Global Television produced a PSA launching the website for the Leading Change call to action.  The spot highlights the fact that we all live in a culture of violence towards women everyday; it’s just become so ingrained we don’t think about it. 

Silent Witness

The ACWS Silent Witness exhibit travels around the province for various awareness events throughout the year.  These life-sized, red human shapes stand silent—honoring those who have lost their lives to domestic violence by displaying their stories. 

If you are interested in booking our exhibit or have lost a family member or close friend to domestic violence and want to share their story, please contact our office

 silent witness photos

White Out Campaign

Edmonton City Centre hosts a public awareness campaign that includes a suite of awareness and fundraising events along with a print campaign featuring faces of prominent local personalities from politics, sport and media. White Out's core message is that we can end domestic violence if we work together.