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Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society spread awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society spread awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Airdrie, Alta Amid an increased number of women and children living with the harm and trauma of family violence, local assistance organizations are calling on community members to act against domestic violence and coercive control.

Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS) and Community Links, with their partners at the RCMP, are reminding everyone that November is recognized across Canada as a time to act against domestic violence. Nationally identified as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in Alberta, we acknowledge this month as Family Violence Prevention Month. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The groups note that while more cases of domestic violence are being identified in our community each year, with some entering the criminal justice system and others receiving non-criminal support, they are grateful to the people who are reaching out for help. “We know how incredibly hard it is to call for help,” Karen Kuntz, Executive Director at ADVAS, “And we are grateful to every woman, youth, and man who connects with a trusted person to let them know that they want help,” Kuntz notes that help can come in the form of everything from information, to help to make plans, to law enforcement actions and protection and security plans.

People living with the harm and trauma of domestic violence and coercive control have several services available to them. In addition to ADVAS Advocates, available 24/7 through the RCMP, people can access resources locally as they heal. “Properly run, safe programming is critical when we are trying to heal from the injuries and trauma caused by domestic violence and coercive control,” Brenda Hume, Executive Director at Community Links, “Community members have access to healing programs and counseling as part of their recovery. We also offer anger awareness workshops for all community members, and journey of change groups for men and women who are mandated or are volunteering to receive counseling for intimate partner violence.”

Community members are being asked to do participate in Family Violence Prevention Month in three ways: 1) Be a safe support. Be available to listen, and recognize that your role as a support is to love your family member or friend. Refrain from offering solutions or opinions. 2) Learn. There are a number of programs offered in Southern Alberta this month, and some great podcasts, books, other resources available. ADVAS has a list on their website. 3) Donate. Community Links and ADVAS are charities that rely on public support. Visit their websites today and support their work.

Background:

Founded in 1992, Airdrie & District Victim Assistance Services (ADVAS) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that provides 24-hour crisis response and support to victims of crime and/ or tragedy in partnership with the RCMP.

Community Links has provided support to those affected by family and domestic violence of all ages in North Rocky View Region (including Airdrie, Beiseker, Crossfield, Irricana and surrounding North Rocky View County) for the past 16 years.  Individuals are supported through various educational programs and activities including: intake, assessment, crisis support, safety planning, healthy parenting, avenues to basic needs, information and referrals to support services and healing groups.

Resources for People who are Victims of Domestic Violence and Coercive Control

In an Emergency or any situation with active or imminent harm:

Call 911.

RCMP will respond, and assistance from ADVAS will be arranged.

Planning, connecting, referrals, assistance for people who are victims:

Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS)
2 Highland Park Way NE
Airdrie, AB T4A 2L5
403-945-7290
advas.ca

ADVAS responds to non-urgent requests for assistance during daytime hours and maintains a website with resources for people who are victims of crime and tragedy.

Community Links Resources for Family and Domestic Violence:

The Journey of Change Groups provides treatment for men and women who are mandated or volunteering to receive counselling for intimate partner violence.  Participants increase awareness of their beliefs and attitudes around intimate partner violence and learn how to manage their anger more effectively. The groups consists of an intake and goal setting session, 16 group sessions and an individual wrap up session.

The Journey of Healing Women’s Group is a combination of a process and educational group for women who have experienced abuse in an intimate partner relationship.  Topics such as understanding abuse, safety planning, emotional health and wellness.  Trauma healing and preventative solutions is also explored as well as guest speakers from partner agencies in the community.

Drop-In Counselling Services are available in Airdrie (except holidays) on a first come, first served basis every Thursday from 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and every Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Drop-In Counselling allows residents to receive solution focused sessions, with no appointment necessary. An intake is required for the first counselling session.

Anger Awareness Workshops helps adults increase their awareness of anger as an emotion and explores the skills and tools needed to manage anger more effectively.  Times vary, please visit www.nrvcl.ab.ca.

If you are having a difficult time controlling your emotional responses or are struggling with anger in your life, please reach out to us.  We have supports that can help navigate your emotions and behaviours.

Community Links:                                                                                              

Phone: 403-945-3900

Toll Free: 1-866-945-3905

info@nrvcl.ab.ca

www.nrvcl.ab.ca