Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter Every individual has a right to live free from family violence

The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter offers safe refuge, personal counseling, and community support for families experiencing family violence. Every year, we meet nearly 3,000 people who have made the brave step towards a life free from violence. There are thousands more in our community who still need our help.

Family violence is an issue that not only impacts individuals and families, but communities as a whole. Thanks to CAWES’ dedication to prevention initiatives, child-focussed healing programs, and providing the necessary tools for our clients to become safely independent, we are seeing promising improvements in rates of family violence in Central Alberta. As experts in the field of family violence, we continually create ground-breaking opportunities for education and awareness. We are proud to report that great things are happening at CAWES, and people’s lives are changing.

You are not alone. Read some of the courageous stories of women who have overcome abuse and violence


CAWES Named 'The Best'

So exciting for our organization and our supporters!!! CAWES is very pleased to be announced as one of the Best for the third straight year! Congratulations CAWES - named the Best Charitable Organization.


How can I contribute?

Learn about how you can make a difference by contributing to CAWES through donations and volunteer efforts.


Diva on a Dime - CAWES Supporters Changing Lives

Diva on a Dime is a project that helps moms and kids move out of the shelter and into a home of their own.

Michelle Jackson, a local Interior Designer, is the founder of this project that changes the lives of all the women and children they support.

Community Events

Stay informed of all the latest CAWES community news and special events!


CAWESino Royale Gala & Benefit - March 11, 2017

 Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest.

CAWESINO Three Boys 2017

All proceeds from this year's CAWESINO Royale will benefit the innovative Children's Healing Centre and trauma informed care and services for children exposed to abuse and domestic violence.

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