Community Resources

posted January 22, 2019

In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
(The JMMF does not operate a crisis line.)

Crisis Lines
Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) 1-866-331-3933
Call 24-7, to locate a shelter closest to you.
Child Abuse Hotline (24-7) 1-800-387-5437
Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line 780-427-4491
Family Violence Crisis Line (toll-free, 24-7) 780-310-1818
Services available in more than 170 languages.  
Emergency Social Services 780-427-3390
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
*Text HOME to 686868 from Canada, anytime, about any type of crisis.
Seniors Abuse Hotline 780-454-8888
Police & Victim Services (non-emergency)
Morinville RCMP 780-939-4550
Sturgeon Victim Services 780-939-4590
Redwater RCMP 780-942-3600
Redwater Victim Services 780-942-3704
Canadian Forces Base Edmonton Military Police 780-973-4011 ext. 4044
Local Community Resources 
Sturgeon Community Resource Network 780-923-2374
This is a one-stop shop for information and resources for anyone living in the Sturgeon Region.
Legal Aid Alberta 1-866-845-3425
Sexual Assault Centre (Edmonton) 780-423-4121
Mental Health Support
Alberta Health Mental Health Help Line (24/7) 1-877-303-2642
Crisis intervention and referrals to publicly funded mental health supports.
Subsidized Counseling (residents of Redwater only) 780-992-6267
St. Albert PCN, mental health nurses Eligible Physicians
by referral from St. Albert PCN physicians only.
Alberta Heartland PCN, psychological and psychiatric services Eligible Physicians
Psychiatric referrals from Alberta Heartland Physicians only (Gibbons, Redwater, Bon Accord & Area)
Other mental health services available by self-referral 780-997-0046
Living Well Counseling Services (Sturgeon County residents only) 1-866-939-9303
Supportive counseling, prevention resources & information
First Nation and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310
Military Member Assistance Program 1-800-268-7708
Family Violence Emergency Housing
Lurana Shelter 780-424-5875
WIN House 780-479-0058
A Safe Place 780-464-7233

Forms of Abuse

posted July 18, 2018

When people think of domestic violence, they often think of physical abuse that leaves obvious signs, such as cuts and bruises. In fact, domestic violence takes many forms and may leave no physical signs at all.

Many abusive relationships are characterized by more than one type of abusive behaviour. The behaviours commonly change or escalate over time. The predominant feature of abusive relationships is a pattern of behaviours design to maintain a system of power and control.

We have a tendency to perceive physical violence as the most severe form of domestic abuse, but this is not always the case.  Many survivors say the physical injuries healed over time, but the emotional and psychological damage had the most lasting impact.

Just because you do not see bruises, that does not mean someone is not being abused.

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Signs of Abuse

posted April 5, 2017

Abuse can take many forms and may not always be visible through obvious signs like bruising. By learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in both perpetrators and victims, you can help protect yourself and people in your community from violence.see the rest of this article

Safety Planning

posted April 5, 2017

If you are in an abusive relationship, safety planning can be essential in reducing the amount of risk that you and your children face. By having a safety plan in place, you will know what to do in case of an emergency and will be more likely to make a successful escape.

There is no right or wrong way to make a safety plan; it should above all be something that will work for you. Review it often and make changes as you need to; if possible, review it with a social worker, family violence worker, or a police officer.

Safety plans are used by people who:

  • Want to leave but it is not safe to do so
  • Are not sure about leaving but want to have an option in case the abuser gets violent
  • Have already left and are still worried about the threat of violence

This can be a very stressful and dangerous time for you and your children – if you feel threatened, you should call 911. 

Listed below are tips and information that can help keep you safe. This is not a comprehensive list of safety planning techniques and you know your own situation best: if something feels like it will not be safe for you, do not do it.

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