In The Rear-View Mirror

Reflecting back on 2017, the culmination of our efforts can be distilled into this:

We developed two new programs to address the systemic and deep rooted causes of domestic violence: Stand By and BElieve in YOU. Our Stand By program aims to educate informal supports on how to recognize, respond and refer for domestic violence – it is all about empowering the bystander. Our BElieve in YOU peer support program is for women who are facing an increased risk of violence and abuse because of their involvement in sex work. BElieve in YOU is about empowering women to achieve their goals and create safety. We also built a complete agency evaluation framework and implemented our theory of change to disrupt structures of violence within all aspects of society.

Our efforts would not have been possible without the generosity and support of our funders, community partners, friends and families. This year’s annual report  is all about being giving thanks.

  • Thanks to the Government of Alberta for supporting us to deliver our Peer Support Program in over 50 communities across Alberta.

  • Thank you to the Government of Canada for believing in us to re-imagine our peer support model to serve women who are or have been involved in sex work. BElieve In YOU is about having the confidence to handle any situation, creating safety (while accepting that safety is not always in our control), and the ability to achieve goals, despite barriers.

  • Thanks to United Way for continuing to support our Peer Support Groups, LGBTQ programming (Rainbow Ready) and Stand By.

  • Thanks to Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) for your unwavering focus on prevention by funding our Moving on with Mentors program.

  • Thank you to all of our donors who made a financial contribution. Your donation is an investment in empowering individuals, organizations and communities to break the cycle of domestic violence.

  • HUGE thanks to our incredible volunteers. We would not be where we are today without your dedication, belief in the process of ‘deconstruction and reconstruction’ and most of all your amazing ability to show up and be vulnerable.