Family Violence Prevention

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence you can call the 24-hour Family Violence Information Line (toll-free) at 310-1818.  If you are in immediate danger please call 911.

November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta

Family Violence Prevention Month is an annual province-led initiative that started as a family violence education and prevention campaign in the town of Hinton in 1986. 

Family violence takes many forms.  It is defined as “the abuse of power within relationships of family, trust or dependency that endangers the survival, security or well-being of another person. It can include spousal abuse (married or commonlaw), elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, child sexual abuse, parent abuse and exposure to abuse of others in the family.” (http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/14839.html)

It can happen to anyone and it affects us all.

Preventing family violence requires the participation of the entire community – everyone must work together to model healthy relationships in our homes, families and communities

Family Violence Prevention Team

Leduc Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a member of the Leduc and District Family Violence Prevention Team – a partnership between several Beaumont, Devon, Leduc, and Leduc County agencies that aims to provide family violence education, awareness, and prevention initiatives around the region.

FCSS is here to assist anyone who is experiencing family violence.  Help is available, and FCSS can connect you to the services that you need.  For a confidential referral or more information contact the Leduc FCSS office at 780-980-7109, or for direct contact information of local agencies, services, and family violence centres, visit the Leduc & District Victim Services Community Referrals page at http://www.leducvictimservices.ca/Community_Referrals.

The City of Leduc is dedicated to providing community education to strengthen individual skills and knowledge around family violence and the impact on our community.

In 2011, Leduc developed family violence protocols to enhance understanding of the signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation as well as improve capacity to respond on a local level. More than 40 local agencies have participated in protocol training to date. Over the years, other training opportunities for local agencies have been offered to Leduc residents:

What is abuse? 

Abuse is a pattern of controlling behaviour. In families, an abusive person can use many tactics to gain power over another family member:

  • Damaging personal property
  • Name-calling, put-downs and other forms of verbal and emotional abuse
  • Hitting, punching, kicking and other forms of physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Forced confinement
  • Stalking
  • Ridiculing a person’s religious beliefs
  • Spending a person’s money or limiting their access to finances

We all share a moral and legal responsibility to report family violence.

  • If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 911.
  • If you suspect a child is being exposed to family violence, report your suspicions by calling 911, your local Child & Family Services Office, or the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-387-KIDS (5437).
  • For information call the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818.

Help Prevent Family Violence: Resources & Support

>> Educate Yourself to be a Superhero >> People Are Not Born Angry
>> Learn How to Recognize Violence & Report it >> Take an Active Role in the Community
>> Help Prevent Violence Towards Seniors >> Make a Positive Difference in Children's Lives