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What We Do

Together, ACWS and member shelters work to end domestic violence – in our homes and throughout our communities.

Domestic violence remains a serious and urgent problem in Alberta. Collectively, we Lead Change to challenge the harmful beliefs and actions that perpetuate domestic violence in our communities.

ACWS’s mission to end violence against women is the foundation of our four charitable objectives, designed to:

  1. Develop a coordinated, collaborative response to family violence that is comprehensive and responsive.
  2. Initiate, conduct, and/or participate in research relating to the causes, impacts, and prevention of family violence, and elimination of violence against women, children, and seniors, such as the ACWS annual Data Release and Inventory of Promising Practices in Alberta.
  3. Educate and train the public and professionals about prevention of, and responses to, intimate partner and elder abuse through initiatives such as Leading Change.
  4. Coordinate funding and improve services in order to better meet the needs of abused women, their children, and abused seniors.

ACWS is the provincial network organization of women’s shelters in Alberta. ACWS supports 40 members operating over 50 shelters across the province for women, children, and seniors facing domestic abuse. We support our members and work with them to end domestic violence through culture-shifting violence prevention programs, collective data and research, and front-line training. With support from ACWS, Alberta shelters are helping to provide safety, support families, and improve communities.

ACWS Governance

Learn more about ACWS Board of Directors, get to know our board members, and read past Annual Reports.


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