The Government of Alberta has provided $140,000 in funding to Sagesse to support the Provincial Collective Impact Initiative to address domestic violence across the province. The initiative will bring together a network of service providers to address shared issues, enhance services and supports across Alberta and identify opportunities for large scale change. This work will build the capacity of service providers across the province and enable Albertans affected by domestic violence to have access to high quality supports in their communities.
Preventing domestic violence is going to take a collective effort, no single organization can do it alone. Everyone has a role to play. Sagesse recognizes that large scale social change requires broad cross-sector leadership, coordination, collaboration and engaged citizens. Working together, we can change the prevalence of domestic violence and build healthy and sustainable communities throughout the province.
“Domestic violence is not secluded to one or two communities or pockets of the province, it is in every community, that’s why working collaboratively on the issue is paramount. The Provincial Collective Impact Initiative will enable all stakeholders to capitalize on the knowledge, wisdom and direction Sagesse can offer in the area of domestic violence.”
Lisa Hannaford, Manager of Green View Family and Community Support Services
“We as Albertans need to address the complexities that underpin the structures that support violence and create deep and durable impact. A provincial collective impact initiative will allow us to identify and support high-impact opportunities, share knowledge and influence norms and practices to address domestic violence across the province.”
Andrea Silverstone, Executive Director, Sagesse
“Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society has greatly benefited from the partnership that we have created with Sagesse and its members. Collective work on issues of family violence is important as it provides consistency in our approach, assists us with identifying gaps and patterns and it gives agencies and organizations a collective voice to use when we are advocating for change. We never feel alone in the work we do, as we have a greater momentum when working collectively.”
Jodi Heidinger, Coordinator Family Violence Prevention Program, Families First Society
“No Albertan should live in fear or suffer alone. Our funding will help build vital supports for survivors in rural communities. We are proud to work with partners like Sagesse to further our commitment to end domestic violence in this province.”
Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services
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