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Briefly, Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General have worked to address the issue of domestic violence through its policing initiatives, victim services, community corrections, prosecution services, civil protection services and specialized domestic violence courts. While these efforts as well as the efforts of other government agencies and community partners have made a difference in keeping women safe, a significant number of women continue to call the police, flee to women's shelters, or are injured or killed by their abusive partners. Alberta Justice and Solicitor General initiated this project recognizing the need for further evidence informed practices and evolving collaboration between shelters, police, other government agencies and key stakeholders.
This project is made possible by funds provided by Status of Women Canada and Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.
Safety from Domestic Violence: Inventory of Promising Practices in Alberta
Provincial Consultation Summary
- National Framework for Collaborative Police Action on Intimate Partner Violence (2016)
- UN Women: Essential Services Package for Women and Girls (2016) The Essential package comprises five overlapping modules:
- British Columbia's Provincial Domestic Violence Plan
- ACWS Leading Change Framework (2015)
- Government of Alberta. Family Violence Hurts Everyone: A Framework to End Family Violence in Alberta (2012)
- Department of Justice Canada. Making the Links in Family Violence Cases: Collaboration among the Family, Child Protection and Criminal Justice System (2013)
- Our Watch. Change the Story: A Shared Framework for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women and Their Children in Australia (2015)
- Violence Against Women Needs Assessment Program, California Crime Victims Assistance Association - "Best Practices" (pg 43-51)
- Canadian Victims' Bill of Rights
ACWS respectfully acknowledges the following Elders who opened the seven Regional Consultations in a good way and who shared their time, blessings, and wisdom with us.
Thank you to Irene Morin (Edmonton Regional Consultation), Lillian Gladue (Red Deer Regional Consultation), Doreen Spence (Calgary Regional Consultation), Glenda Schneider (Medicine Hat Regional Consultation), Rick Makokis (St. Paul Regional Consultation), Tyrone Healy (Lethbridge Regional Consultation) and Angie Crerar (Grande Prairie Regional Consultation).
We would also like to acknowledge the following ACWS members who co-hosted our Regional Consultations. We are very grateful for your partnership and support. Thank you to A Safe Place, Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter Association, Lasalle, Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter, Columbus House of Hope, Discovery House, Lurana Shelter, Odyssey House, Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society, WIN House, Wings of Providence, YWCA Harbour House, YWCA Sheriff King Home.
A discussion paper was prepared for review by community and government partners on November 16th, synthesizing the information provided by community stakeholders, system leaders, women's focus groups and the literature review. 125 multi-sector participants attended from across the province to review and discuss the findings. ACWS is now incorporating their feedback. Watch this site for an update.