Family Law Program (Family Violence)


Family violence affects people from all neighborhoods, age groups, genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, and incomes. CLG recognizes that people experiencing family violence have unique needs when going through the family law justice system. Our family law lawyers and social work program advocate provide legal services to people who have experienced family violence and abuse. We will work with you without judgment to address your safety needs, identify your legal issues, support you in making informed decisions, and connect you to the right help; including legal resources and social services such as counselling and housing.

*CLG is not a crisis centre, if you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

See how our program helps families.

How CLG can help

  • Provide you with information about your rights and next steps
  • Explain the family law and criminal law systems
  • Provide you with safety planning and emotional support
  • Connect you with other programs and services at CLG like support for Indigenous Peoples
  • Provide summary legal advice; weekly summary advice clinics are run at our office
  • Provide accompaniment to court if you are testifying as a witness in a criminal proceeding

Our lawyers can:

  • Provide you with summary legal advice
  • Help you draft family law applications
  • Help you prepare for court appearances
  • When possible, represent you in court
  • Connect you to the right legal help, including accessing Legal Aid Alberta

We focus on:

  • Protection orders
  • Child custody and access
  • Financial support for you or your children

There are many ways that our team may be able to assist you. For more information or to see if you can book an appointment, you can call the Domestic Violence Family Law Program Coordinator directly at 587-349-7994.


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


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

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

24 hour family violence helpline at 403-234-7233


The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society

24 hour crisis line 403-531-1972 or 403-531-1976


Sheriff King Home

Call 403.266.0707 or visit the shelter in person. 24/7


Mary Dover House
Call 403-705-0315

If you are not experiencing family violence, and you need some assistance with family law issues, please see all the different ways that CLG can help you at our legal clinics. You can also find information in our family law resources, and legal education, pages.