About CAWES

Our Vision

Bridges to a better future for those impacted by domestic violence

Our Mission

Countering domestic violence in Central Alberta by offering a client-centered safe space, through:

• Crisis intervention   • High-security housing   • Community awareness   • Education   • Collaboration

We believe: Every individual has a right to a life 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.

Local Alberta Treaties and Indigenous Nations Acknowledgement

We honour and acknowledge the traditional lands of Treaty 7 and Treaty 6 upon which we are located.  We honour and respect our neighbors the Cree peoples of the Sunchild, O'Chiese, Samson, Ermineskin, Louis Bull, and Montana First Nations, as well as the Metis peoples of Region 3 of the Metis Nation of Alberta.  We recognize that all Albertans are Treaty people and have a responsibility to understand our history and the Spirit of Intent of Treaty 7 so that we can honour the past, be aware of the present, and build a future on Peace and Friendship for a just and caring future.


Stay informed about what is happening at CAWES. Download this year's Annual Report here

  Click here to review the Society's Audited Financial Statements