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Leading Change™

ACWS is Leading Change with gender-based violence prevention training and initiatives.

Leading Change is the call to action of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS). The most dangerous form of domestic violence, coercive-controlling violence, has its roots in part in gender norms and stereotypes that permeate our culture. Leading Change asks each and every one of us to look at the ways in which we participate in this culture and how we can change it. 

ACWS offers gender-based violence prevention training tailored for schools, workplaces and community organizations.

Ending the cycle of violence against women requires a combination of individual and community support and leadership, together with education. Together—as individuals, as communities, as a province—we are creating a shift in Albertans’ perception of, and response to, violence against women. Together, we are Leading Change.

The Leading Change Expansion Pack

It’s time to level up and expand your impact. The Leading Change Expansion Pack is now available to help men better understand their role and opportunity to make the world a better place. If you are looking for a way to get involved, start here.

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"How Can I Get Involved?"

We want to create a cultural shift. This movement can happen in your workplace, on your son's hockey team, at your daughter's school. We unlock the leadership potential inside you and your community and support you in Leading Change against gender-based violence.

Get in touch to learn more about how we can customize a Leading Change™ training program for your organization.
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Our Approach

Leading Change is much more than a workshop. We believe in a world free from violence and abuse. Prevention is key in changing systems and culture.

Our Approach

Who We Are

Leading Change is one initiative among many that the ACWS undertakes to help our communities. Find out more about the ACWS, including our vision, values and strategic goals.


Access the ACWS collection of resources on gender-based violence, including helpful links, legal aid, and information for the public at large.