Family violence is a crime – Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.
Call the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages.
Help – online chat or helplines
Available 24 hours a day in English only. Chat anonymously with trained staff.
How it works
- Go to the online chat link.
- Enter your information and click ‘Start’.
- Watch for a pop-up window to know when the next chat staff is available.
- When you see a message in the chat window, enter your message.
Things to know
- English only
- average chat session is 30 minutes
- set your Internet browser to private mode for a more secure chat
- there may be long wait times
- use a desktop computer for a faster and more stable connection
- if you lose your chat connection, log in again or call 310-1818 (Family Violence Info Line)
- after you finish, click ‘End chat’ before closing your browser
If you suspect someone is experiencing family violence or abuse, phone the:
- Abuse Helpline: 1-855-443-5722 for information on supports related to physical, sexual, emotional, mental abuse, exploitation or neglect. Help is available 24/7 in multiple languages.
- Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) to get help if you, or children you know, are being neglected, abused or sexually exploited. If you believe a child is at risk, you must report it. Help is available in multiple languages.
- Sexual Violence One Line: Call or text 1-866-403-8000 from 9 am to 9 pm daily for confidential support.
- Protection for Persons in Care Reporting Line: 1-888-357-9339 – to report the abuse of an adult receiving care or support services from public funded service providers such as:
- seniors’ lodges
- nursing homes
- mental health facilities
- group homes
- addictions treatment centres
- other supportive living settings
- Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642 – for mental health advice 24/7
- HealthLink: Call 811 – to find health care and get health advice 24/7
Financial help and supports
- Safer Spaces Certificate – if you are living with domestic violence and need to break your rental lease without paying a penalty
- Victims of Crime Financial Benefits program – if you were a victim of a crime in Alberta that you reported to police you may be eligible for an injury, witness or death benefit
- Payment for out-of-pocket expenses related to a crime – if you apply for restitution to have the offender pay these costs
- Local emergency shelters – for individuals and families escaping family violence or facing homelessness
- Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters – a map of member shelters across Alberta
Sexual assault services
- Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence if you need help finding sexual assault support services (9 am to 9 pm daily):
Victim services and legal supports
- Local victim services units – if you need help with restraining and protection orders or other supports for victims of crime
- Local sexual assault centres – if you have experienced any form of sexual violence and need crisis support or counselling
- Legal Aid Services at 1-866-845-3425 – if you need help with legal issues
- Steps to file a restraining order or emergency protection order – if someone has made you afraid for your safety
If you feel at risk of domestic violence, you may be able to apply under Clare’s Law to get information about a partner so you can make an informed choice about your safety.
- Native Counselling Services of Alberta – if you need help with court processes or Children’s Services, or connecting to youth supports and other community resources
- Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association – if you want to connect with services for people who have been abused or who abuse others
- Métis and Indigenous Children’s Services offices or Delegated First Nations Agencies – if you are a member of either community and need help with supports for your children
- Alberta SPCA’s pet safekeeping program – if you need temporary pet care at no charge.
Your rights and the law
Alberta’s Protection Against Family Violence Act protects abused family members of all ages, whether they live together or apart. This includes:
- couples who are married, common-law, separated or divorced who may have children together or not
- parents who have not resided together
- birth, adopted, foster and step-children
- adults who live together and one person has legal care and custody over the other
A victim of family violence, domestic violence and abuse has a right to:
- be free and safe from violence
- be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect
- get information about their legal rights
- press charges for criminal actions
- have the maximum protection from abuse permitted by law including restraining or protection orders
- get help from community resources
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