24-Hour Family Violence Helpline

403.234.SAFE (7233)  
About Us

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A community free from family violence and abuse.



We are here to support individuals, families, and communities to live free from family violence and abuse.



  • RESPECT means honouring the inherent worthiness of each person and their expertise.
  • RESPONSIBILITY acknowledges personal choice and accountability for one's own behaviour, while recognizing the impact those choices have on others. Responsibility transcends the individual and organization, and extends to the community.
  • INTEGRITY is consistency between our values and our actions and words.
  • EMPOWERMENT fosters one's own strengths and abilities.



  • We believe violent and abusive behaviour is a deliberate choice.
  • We believe individuals who are treated badly resist abuse in ways that protect their safety or maintain their dignity.
  • We believe all individuals have inherent strengths and abilities.
  • We believe family violence and abuse impacts the entire community.
  • We believe all individuals have a right to live in a home free from actual or threatened violence and abuse.


Historical Timeline

In 1973, a group of visionary women opened a small volunteer-run shelter for women and families in Calgary. The following year, the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter registered as a charity, formally taking over the operations. Since our origins in a 13-bed facility in the Beltline area, the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter has expanded to serve over 15,000 Calgarians annually.    

View the Chronological History of the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter.

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