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ADVAS has assisted thousands of women and children who were the victims of domestic violence and coercive control. We have sat with members of our community who are in dangerous situations, who are physically and mentally hurting, and who are hurting because domestic violence has taken their loved one’s life. We are available every hour of...

It’s mid-January 2021 in Airdrie. The sun is out, it feels unseasonably warm, and ADVAS team members Deb and Andrea are taking part in court proceedings remotely from the RCMP detachment. More than a few empty coffee cups sit on the table – evidence of the 4 hours that the team members have spent in this spot, listening intently to the information that...

Family Violence Prevention Months ends, but our support is endless. As we near the end of November, we are also nearing the end of Family Violence Prevention Month. While the marketing campaigns around domestic violence prevention may slow as our calendars flip to another page, our 24/7 work advocating for the people who are victims of...

            149 East Lake Crescent N.E, Airdrie, AB, T4A 2H7 Media Release For Immediate Release Airdrie, AB – In an effort to celebrate the organizations that we feel have held our community together in 2020, Davis Chevrolet will be honoring what we believe to be our 5 Foundational Community Charities in Airdrie Alberta! There will be an official presentation of...

People who are victims of domestic violence are often isolated from friends and family. Be persistently encouraging to them. Stay in contact in the way that they feel is the best and safest way to maintain contact. Check in regularly to remind them that you care, and to ensure that they are safe. November is Family...

Offer to help in practical ways – like watching the children for a while, preparing a meal, offering a safe place to stay or to store items, gathering information about resources or programs, printing or preparing or mailing documents, transporting them to appointments or court, etc… November is Family Violence Prevention Month, and we will be...

Victims of domestic violence experience a range of emotions. It takes incredible courage and strength to come forward and talk about what they are experiencing. We acknowledge their bravery. We thank them. And you should, too. November is Family Violence Prevention Month, and we will be sharing tips for how you can support your friends and loved ones...

Pro Tip, your conversation will not go like this, “Hey, are you being hurt at home?”, “Sure am, I’ll go get my things and move out.”, “Cool.”, “I know, right!” For many reasons, ending domestic violence takes time. Your job as a caring support is to acknowledge the reasons why someone may stay in a dangerous...

While your instinct may be to blurt out, “What an _____!”, it is best to keep opinions and commentary to yourself when you are talking with a person who is a victim of domestic violence. Focus on the behaviour, and not the perpetrator. “It is not normal, and it’s not right, that you are being hurt...

Domestic violence perpetrators exert control over their victims, and any suggestion that your support or help is contingent on the person doing something that you decide risks you making person feel the same way the perpetrator does. In this relationship, in these moments, you have one job – to love and support this person. You cannot...