We are committed to providing support, resources and referrals to women and children affected by domestic abuse. Trained volunteers facilitate community-based peer support in co-operation with participants. Self-directed change and independence are fostered in a caring and safe environment. All women and children are welcome regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Peer Support Services for Abused Women is a non-profit society whose mandate is to provide a support system for women who have experienced abuse or are at risk of experiencing abuse.
We serve women who have experienced abuse or are at risk of experiencing abuse, wishing to grow beyond their experiences and achieve violence-free lives for themselves and their children.
The society began in 1985 when a Board member, a glass artist and a crisis counselor attached to shelters for battered women met to discuss the lack of support for women leaving first stage shelters. We were incorporated by the Province of Alberta in 1986 and subsequently received a charitable tax number from Revenue Canada.
We receive an annual project grant from the United Way of Calgary and Area and the City of Calgary—FCSS. The rest of our monies come from private donations and individual donors and foundations.
We work with a variety of agencies providing direct services to women to deliver our programs and services to their client populations. We sit on the representative council of the Calgary Coalition of Family Violence, a group that promotes cultural competence. We are also involved in a variety of other community development projects.
We are a grass roots group that responds to the needs of the women and children we serve. In the past 24 years, we have seen thousands of women and children embark on new, violence-free lives. It is their stories that inspire us to continue. We have witnessed many of them become peer supporters themselves.
Please call us for more information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or the many other ways to offer support.