The Sagesse office is open to clients, and we are here to help as needed. We currently are offering both in-person and virtual services, programs, and groups. Everyone accessing the Sagesse office will need to complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire each time they visit. If you are feeling ill or have been around someone who has been in contact with COVID-19, we ask that you please do not come to the Sagesse office.

To connect to our client services team, please contact us at programs@sagesse.org or call us at 403-234-7337 or 587-801-7337.


We are now offering online support groups and mentorship for women who have experienced domestic violence, are at risk of being abused, or women that are involved in sex work.


These are available to anyone interested in learning how to recognize domestic violence, understand its impact, and develop comfort in responding to domestic violence disclosures.


We know that supporting people who are experienceing domestic violence can be difficult. We want to be able to support you. This program will provide information, resources and support to you as you support others.


In times of stress and community crisis, it is common for instances of domestic violence to rise. We need funds now more than ever.

Getting at a complex issue like domestic violence requires an understanding of how change actually happens – and resources to allow people, organizations and communities to ‘lean in’ to their vulnerability as a means to stop domestic violence.

Make a donation today and join us in creating deep and sustainable change – for the better.


IMPACT brings 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.

These workshops are all being offered to agencies and service providers in the domestic violence and sexual violence sector. They are not open to the general public.


Working with Perpetrators of Family Violence and Abuse
Monday, July 20 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

In the mid-1990s, the staff at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES) became keenly aware that addressing family violence and abuse required a change in tactic. Prior to this time, attempts to address and prevent family violence focused primarily on supporting victims. While victim support is an important social response to addressing the injustice of family violence, the onus of change must instead lie with those who perpetrate family violence. Safety is increased when those who perpetrate violence are supported in making changes. Building on this belief, Men’s Counselling Service was born. The evolution of the program, informed by the feedback from both victims and perpetrators of family violence, has led to a clear set of assumptions and therapeutic strategies that will be shared with participants.


  • Sagesse Direct Service Programs: Under the current state of public health emergency individuals experiencing domestic violence may have no choice but to rely on abusive partners to keep themselves and their children housed and relatively safe. Sagesse is here to help individuals currently being impacted by domestic violence find safety even in isolation. This document highlights what Sagesse is doing at this time.
  • Domestic Violence Community Protocols: We have developed this document to support your community or agency through the COVID-19 response. These protocols can be used as a guide as you make decisions.
  • Sexual Violence Community Protocols: The Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services has developed this document to support your community or agency through the COVID-19 response. These protocols can be used as a guide as you make decisions.
  • Domestic Violence Community Response to COVID-19 Pandemic: In times of stress and community crisis, it is common for instances of domestic violence to rise. Given our current COVID-19 Public Health Emergency this research points to the need for increased awareness and services related to domestic violence during these crises. This document outlines some things we can do.
  • Emerging Trends and Unmet Needs: IMPACT has developed a list of emerging trends and unmet needs based on the responses to our scan of services survey and emails received. This list will be updated weekly.
  • Zoom Bombing: Zoom bombing is when a hacker or hackers gain access to a Zoom meeting and attempts to disrupt the video and/or chat box and upset participants by shouting profanity or putting graphic images in their video feed. IMPACT wishes to reassure our Members that we are aware of the situation and are working to minimize the risk of this happening to any of the meetings or training sessions we host and would like to share the following best practices with IMPACT members.
  • Available Resources and Services: IMPACT has created a compendium of our collective member’s vital responses to the COVID19 pandemic to support the people and communities they serve. This information goes along with the information available on 211. This list will be updated weekly.
  • Leading Your Team Remotely with Tammy Williams: These notes are from IMPACT’s Lunch and Learn session with Tammy Williams. It includes tips and tricks for working remotely as a team as well as responses to the open question and answer period during the session.
  • Family Law and COVID-19 Notes: These notes are from IMPACT’s online session with family lawyer, Wayne Barkauskas,  regarding challenges with children in shared custody situations during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly if the parents are engaging in social distancing practices. It covers coparenting, support, and court scheduling issues as well as answers from the open question and answer portion of the presentation.
  • Mental Health for Support Workers: These notes are from IMPACT’s online session with with Alex Cameron to focus on supporting staff with their mental health. The presentation covers staff experiences, common rumours, messaging, and what managers can do to help support adult wellbeing. It also covers information from the question and answer period.
  • COVID-19 Interim Guidelines for Women’s Shelters: These notes are from IMPACT’s online session with Ian Wheeliker and Krisha Quiambao. The presentation covers the interim guidelines for women’s shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as information from the question and answer period.
  • PWRSWITCH Notes: These notes are from IMPACT’s online session about PwrSwitch, an app that can be used to monitor technology-based coercive control. PwrSwitch is a technology that collects and consolidates text, email and phone log history between two people, saving it in a time and date stamped, word-searchable document on the cloud.
  • CoParenter Notes: These notes are from IMPACT’s online session about CoParenter, an Intelligent Dispute Resolution tool for separated, divorced or even never-married parents. The platform helps you save time, money and resolve conflict by helping you put your kids at the center, not in the middle.
  • COVID-19… the HR side notes: These notes are from IMPACT’s online session with Wendy Giuffre. Employers need to rely on a combination of authoritative legal and medical advice, and their own common sense, to keep employees safe during this time. This presentation dives into HR specific issues such as Job-Protected Leave,  Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits, Temporary Lay-Off, and more.
  • Ethno-culturally Diverse Communities, Newcomers, & COVID-19 Notes: This session discussed:

    • Define Domestic Violence (client vs frontline worker perspectives – followed by CDVC definition of DV)
    • What leads to domestic violence within immigrant/refugee families (situational violence and coercive control)
    • Impact of Covid-19 (increased vulnerability and culturally sensitive customized supports)
    • Relaunch/preparing for future (transitioning to new normal/specific adaptations to services/engaging men in education)
  • Sexual Violence and COVID-19: These notes are from the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) on sexual violence services across the province and their member’s response to COVID 19. We discussed Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence, counselling support, education, and police/court support.
  • Agency Funding Resources: These resources have been archived from the IMPACT newsletter. This includes COVID-19 related funding opportunities available to agencies.
  • Supports for Vulnerable Albertans: These resources have been archived from the IMPACT newsletter. This includes COVID-19 related resources, services, and funding. This list includes both provincial and federal resources.


Engaging from a place of collective impact, we would like to invite member agencies to share their current response to COVID 19. Even if you have already completed IMPACT’s scan of services survey, if your offering of services have changed, please fill it out again, so that we have the most up-to-date information. We will provide weekly updates on the emerging trends, unmet needs, and COVID-19 services based on this survey.

Please note: when updating an existing response, you must use the same device and web browser as the last time to pull up your previous information.