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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESPONSE PROGRAM

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Empower • Protect • Respect

PATHS’ Domestic Violence Response Program (DVRP) addresses a need within the community to provide personal protection, empowerment, and safety to people living under the threat of domestic/relational violence and stalking.

The DVRP is a unique program and the first of its kind in Canada. For the first time, people with limited means are able to access, through our program, a previously cost prohibitive level of protection to safeguard themselves in situations of harassment, violence, stalking, threats, etc.

Currently there are no other affordable options to provide constant protection for people living with domestic violence other than through shelters, where only a small fraction of the need can be met.  The DVRP employs the most state-of-the-art tools and trained personnel available within the close protection industry, enabling more adequate protection for those being subjected to the constant threat of violence.

The goal of the DVRP is to provide an  intermediate solution for protection in order to allow the police to conduct investigations and hopefully lay charges. The DVRP is NOT intended as an investigative or enforcement agency but more as a support to the police services, shelters, and victims. All DVRP security operators are from law enforcement, military, and/or private security backgrounds.

 

The statistics on family violence in Alberta are staggering. Approximately 200,000 adults in Alberta live with family violence — across all ages, income levels and ethnicities. Even one incident of family violence is too much.
Andrea Silverstone, Calgary Domestic Violence Committee
1 in 2 Canadian women have experienced physical or sexual violence.
Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter
In 2015, Calgary Police Service received almost 19,000 domestic conflict calls and approximately 3,282 of these involved physical violence – a 24% increase over the 5 year average.
Calgary Police Service
In Alberta, 5,646 women and 5,480 children accessed emergency shelters between 2012 and 2013. Another 27,000 were turned away.
Leading Change Program, Calgary Stampeders

 

What We Offer:

The DVRP offers various levels of protective services including:

  • Threat assessments
  • Security/monitoring equipment and installations
  • Protection escorts to and from necessities of life (i.e. work, school, appointments, child visitation, shopping, etc.)*
  • Technical interventions for cyberstalking
  • Panic and personal safety devices
  • Self-defense training
  • Viable and realistic safety planning for those under threat of domestic violence
  • Professional security audits of residential and shelter facilities
*Due to cost, this is assigned on a case-by-case basis only.
 

If someone you know needs help, please contact us.

Alberta Women’s Shelters w/map

Canadian Statistics for Domestic Violence

 

 

 

 

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