During the COVID 19 pandemic, a number of individuals and families in Airdrie will experience increased stress in all areas of daily living such as social isolation, financial concerns and mental and physical well-being. This increased stress may have an impact on interpersonal relationships and families.
Your local domestic violence agencies are here to help. Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS) is working closely with North Rocky View Community Links and the RCMP Domestic Violence Unit to ensure you're supported and connected to the resources you need in a family or domestic violence situation. You don't have to do this alone, we're here to help.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a domestic violence emergency, call 911.
For non-emergency situations, a province-wide 24-hour Family Violence Information Line is available at 310-1818, and offers anonymous help in more than 170 languages. For other sources of non-emergency help, call Community Links at 403-945-3900 or ADVAS' telephone support, Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 403-945-7290.
If you need financial assistance to leave an abusive situation, visit Government of Alberta - Family Violence -Find Supports to find out about help with costs to leave. If you need advice on breaking your lease without a penalty, visit Government of Alberta - Safer Spaces Certificate to End Tenancy.aspx.
Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS) provides support, information, and referrals to those impacted by family and domestic violence in Airdrie and surrounding communities.
We cannot anticipate how you might feel after being impacted by violence no matter what type of domestic situation you find yourself in. Your reaction to violence is not a sign of weakness, and is understandable regardless of your age, gender, or ethnicity. It's important to know what you can do and where you can turn for help during this time.
When you or someone you know has been involved in a family/domestic violence situation, ADVAS will review your safety needs, identify immediate needs, and support you if/when criminal charges are laid.
Review your current safety needs:
- Assist with protection order applications
- Assist with safety planning
- Assist with emergency shelter and transportation
Provide you with information if/when charges have been laid:
- Court dates, court education and attend court on your behalf
- Assist with Financial Benefits, Impact statements and Restitution applications
Connect you with community agencies to address your unique situation:
- Community Links Family Violence Programs, counselling, crisis lines, Alberta Works and more
In an emergency, call 911
Non-emergency calls: 403-945-7290
Telephone support during COVID-19 available: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ADVAS 24/7 telephone crisis support is currently monitored by the Airdrie RCMP during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Links provides support to those affected by family and domestic violence in Airdrie and Area through various educational programs and activities including: intake, assessment, crisis support, safety planning, counselling, healthy parenting, avenues to basic needs, information and referrals to support services and healing groups.
You can reach us at: 403.945.3900 or 1.866.945.3905 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours Thursday until 8 p.m. Closed daily from 12 to 1:00 p.m.).
If you are having a difficult time controlling your emotional responses, or are struggling with anger in your life, please give us a call. We have supports that can help navigate your emotions and behaviours.
We encourage victims of Family Violence to reach out to us for support.
Alternately, 24-Hour support is available by calling the Family Violence Helpline at 403.234.7233 (SAFE) or the Family Violence Information Line at 310.1818 (help is anonymous and available in more than 170 languages).
Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS) is also available through phone: 403.945.7290. Visit their website here.
In an emergency, call 911.
Airdrie RCMP service delivery is not affected by COVID-19.
If your matter is urgent call 911 for immediate assistance.
For criminal matters that require a police officer:
Please call 403.945.RCMP (7267) to be connected with our call centre. If you do not have a phone, please pick up the metal phone outside the front door at 100 - 2 Highland Park Way NE Airdrie, Alberta
For non-criminal police assistance:
Please call 403.945.7200 or email: KAirdrieServices@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Additional information in relation to the Airdrie RCMP can be located on the City of Airdrie website here.
We thank everyone for their cooperation and diligence during this time, as public safety is our top priority.
If you have questions about domestic violence legislation in Alberta, or about your rights, you can read more about the Protection Against Family Violence Act at Government of Alberta - Protection Against Family Violence Act.