Community Resources

Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS)

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters operates a 24/7 shelter hotline that connects a caller to the closest shelter. The shelters can provide crisis support on the phone, referrals to resources, safety planning, as well as information on how to access the shelter if this is what a caller is looking for.


City of Edmonton Family Violence Prevention Program

The City of Edmonton provides free counselling for individuals experiencing abuse or violence in intimate partner relationships.

City of Edmonton // Family Violence Prevention

The Distress Line

The Distress Line is a confidential, anonymous 24-hour telephone line that provides crisis support and referrals for people experiencing distress.

Canadian Mental Health Association // Distress Line

Edmonton Police Service (EPS)

Edmonton Police may be able to provide an individual with legal protection from the person responsible for the sexual violence and conduct an investigation for prosecution. A person may report to the police without pressing charges, or in an effort to pursue charges under the criminal code of Canada.

Edmonton Police Service // Sexual Assault

Need Help Now

Need Help Now is a website that provides information to those who have been negatively impacted by non-consensual photo/video sharing. This includes practical information on removing pictures, dealing with on-line blackmail and reporting to authorities.

The Pride Centre of Edmonton

The Pride Centre offers a library, peer counselling, community groups, advocacy and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning individuals.

The Pride Centre of Edmonton

Saffron Centre

Located in Sherwood Park, Saffron Centre provides counselling services to persons who have suffered from sexual assault, abuse and sexual violence, as well as people who are supporting those affected by sexual violence.

Saffron Centre

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is a non-profit organization that supports children, adolescents and adults who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, and educates the public about sexual violence. They offer free, confidential counselling to individuals of all genders aged 3 years and over. SACE also provides a 24-hour support and information line for anyone affected by sexual violence.


Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

SART is a team of nurses who are trained to provide medical care and examinations to people who have been sexually assaulted in the last seven days. SART nurses provide the option of collecting of forensic evidence. This service is provided with or without police involvement.

SART can be accessed 24/7 at any hospital emergency room in Edmonton by telling triage that you’ve been sexually assaulted and/or that you’d like to see a SART nurse.

Alberta Health Services // Sexual Assault Response Team

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic

The STI clinic provides free, confidential testing and treatment for STIs, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception. Call 811 for 24/7 STI and health advice. The STI clinic operates out of several locations in Edmonton, including a downtown location at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre.

Alberta Health Services // STI Clinic

Today Family Violence Help Centre

The Today Centre is a safe place for people of all genders who are affected by family violence. The Centre provides short-term support including:

  • assessing risk factors

  • safety planning

  • assessing immediate needs

  • emotional support

  • education on the impact of family violence

  • supported referrals

Today Centre also provides services to agencies and the general public who need help in supporting someone who discloses family violence.

Today Centre

Women’s Health Options

Women’s Health Options provides reproductive health care services, including emergency contraception IUD insertion, abortion care and counselling, birth control counselling and access, and STI testing.

Woman's Health Options

YWCA Counselling Centre

The YWCA Counselling Centre offers individual counselling on a fee-for-service basis that ensures access for everyone. Psychologists have expertise with many areas, including intimate partner violence healing and safety planning, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

YWCA Edmonton // Counselling Centre