International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

What is Gender-Based Violence? 

Gender-based violence is violence that is committed against someone based on their gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Violence often increases during emergencies and times of economic hardship. It can include, but is not limited to, family violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and female genital mutilation. Gender inequality is consistently recognized as a root cause of all forms of gender-based violence.

Some Albertans have an increased risk of experiencing gender-based violence, including women and girls aged 15-24, Indigenous women and girls, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ2S+ people.

While women and girls have an increased risk of experiencing gender-based violence, men and boys can also experience gender-based violence. For example, two in three females and one in three males in Alberta have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.


Alberta ranks third among provinces for rates of police-reported family violence and intimate partner violence.


Alberta has the fourth highest rate of police-reported sexual assault among all provinces; however, 95% of survivors do not report their assaults to the police, making sexual violence the most under-reported crime in Canada.

To learn more about ending gender-based violence, see:

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

This is an international event designated and led by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) that occurs annually from November 25 to December 10.

The 16 Days also include Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6, in remembrance of the 14 young women who were brutally murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in a shocking act of gender-based violence.

The Alberta government and community partners lead awareness activities and events each year to recognize the campaign and to call for the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence.

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 10: International Human Rights Day

November – Family Violence Prevention Month

November is Family Violence Prevention Month. This often includes, but is not limited to, situations such as abuse between spouses/partners and elder abuse.
How can you help? Take some time this month to learn about and recognize abuse/abusive behaviour. Be aware of warning signs and stay connected with friends and family, especially during these times of physical distancing. Most importantly, seek help if you or someone you know are in need of it.
Family violence is a crime – call 911 for situations in which there is immediate danger.
In Alberta, you can call the Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818 to get help anonymously and in more than 170 languages.
Contact resources locally available such as:
  • Rowan House Emergency Shelter 403-652-3311 (24/7)
  • Okotoks Family Resource Centre 403-995-2626
  • Family and Community Support Services (High River, Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Nanton)
  • Distress Centre 403-266-4357 (24/7)
  • Calgary Elder Abuse Resouce Line 403-705-3250 (Kerby Centre)


You can also show your support by wearing purple and spread awareness using #GoPurpleAB on social media.

Triple Fright Night – October 31, 2020

Come out and support us this spooktacular Halloween!

Triple Fright Night at the High River Sunset Drive In

Three movies, food trucks, and a 50/50 draw!

For tickets, visit:

Light the Night – October 24, 2020

The first ever National Broadcast for Light the Night will be on October 24 – a virtual event to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

“We will gather virtually to bring light to the darkness of cancer, creating memorable moments across the country, through an exciting and interactive virtual experience. We’ll share stories, remember loved ones lost and pay tribute to our heroes, bringing light, love and hope to dispel the darkness of cancer and COVID-19.”

Buddy Up for September 2020

Buddy Up for the month of September!


Throughout the month of September, the Centre for Suicide Prevention is promoting the Buddy Up campaign.

This campaign was created for men by men, encouraging them to have real conversations with their buddies and to support them if they’re struggling with thoughts of suicide. Learn more about how you can help a man in your life at

There you will find info such as:


Why Buddy Up this month?

Middle-aged men (40-60) die by suicide more than anyone else, including young people and women (Statistics Canada, 2019).

Men are often socialized not to talk about their emotions, and therefore, men as a group may mask their stress and deal with emotional pain through harmful behaviours and actions, and sometimes suicide, instead of seeking help (Ogrodnickzuk & Oliffe, 2011).

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15, 2020



Elder Abuse is everyone’s business!

  • Learn to recognize the signs of abuse and take action
  • Plant something purple as a sign of support
  • Reach out to older adults you know

For more information, visit:




Sexual Violence Awareness Month in Alberta

In 2018, the Government of Alberta declared the month of May as Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) and their member agencies, along with the provincial government, are dedicating their time to informing and educating all Albertans about sexual violence.

AASAS and a number of organizations across Alberta have created a variety of activities, such as YouTube videos, online conferences, courses, and learning series, virtual 5k run/walk, yogathon, Twitter-talk, etc.

A full list of these activities, as well as information to sign up and participate, can be seen via AASAS newsletter by clicking this link: Sexual Violence Awareness Month – May 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 Info and Resources – March 31, 2020

General information regarding COVID-19 for Albertans can be found here:

Long-form list of resources compiled by Okotoks FCSS available for people living in the Foothills area can be viewed here as a PDF: Foothills Resources

A quick resource guide – stay safe and if you or anyone you know needs help, give these places a call.

If you are a victim of crime, please do not hesitate to call Foothills Regional Victim Services: 403-652-2359


Cancelled: Annual General Meeting – March 31, 2020

This meeting is now cancelled.



Foothills Regional Victim Services
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:00pm
Rotary Room – Okotoks Centennial Centre

Guest Speaker: Roxane Baalim, Executive Director, Alberta Police-Based Victim Services Association