Calgary Legal Guidance

Sexual Violence Survivors
Legal Advice Program

Sexual Violence Survivors Legal Advice Program

The Sexual Violence Survivors Legal Advice Program supports survivors of sexual violence through their interactions with the legal system as well as through engagement with non legal service providers.

Anyone 18 years of age or older who has experienced sexual violence at any time may be eligible for free legal information, support, and connections to service providers. We welcome survivors at any stage in their journey. 

The Program is committed to providing services from a trauma-informed, intersectional perspective.    

Every client is unique and has their own personalized needs. The Program aims to meet clients where they are at, determine what each client is looking for, and provide whatever assistance we can within the scope of the Program.

The Sexual Violence Survivors Legal Advice Program can, among other things:

  • Help you understand your rights as a survivor

  • Help you understand the process of reporting sexual violence to police

  • Help you understand the criminal legal process, including the criminal trial process if applicable

  • Help you prepare for your interactions with the criminal court system and the people within the criminal legal system

  • Help you understand other legal avenues that may be available to you, including civil lawsuits and human rights complaints

  • Provide non-judgmental support in a trauma-informed environment

  • Help you feel empowered to decide what legal and non legal steps you want to take next, if any

  • Connect you with supports in the community to help you address your social, psychological, and emotional needs

Call us at (403) 234-9266 and talk to our Intake Coordinator.  All calls are confidential.

Emergency Shelters

Women with or without children who are leaving sexual abuse and violence can also contact one of the following emergency shelters directly:

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

24 hour family violence helpline at

The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society

24 hour crisis line 

YW Sheriff King Home

Visit the shelter in person (24/7)

Mary Dover House

Call at

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