Calgary Legal Guidance

Survivors of Sexual Assault

Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Program supports survivors of sexual assault with their interactions with legal systems. Anyone who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment may be eligible for independent legal advice, support, and referrals. We welcome survivors at any stage in their journey through legal systems. 

The program can help by: 

Explaining your rights as a victim 

Explaining the process of reporting your assault to the police or other authorities 

Explaining the criminal law process and your role as a complainant 

Advising you on appearing as a witness at a criminal trial  

Advising you on legal avenues, such as a civil claim or human rights claim, relating to your assault 

Providing non-judgemental support to help you decide how you want to proceed 

Connecting you with other supports in the community to help you address your social, psychological, and emotional needs relating to your assault 

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

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If you need to speak with someone immediately for emotional support, call The Distress Centre’s 24 hour crisis line at 403-266-4357 or visit

Our Partners

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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