There has been a steady rise in domestic violence in Calgary in recent years, and the urgent need for Radiance Family Society and our support for victims of domestic violence is rising with it.
The Calgary Police Service recorded 5,945 domestic violence victims in 2019, or 31.9% more than the five-year average in 2014-2018. The prolonged economic and social upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has made this situation worse, with many households struggling with huge financial and relational pressures.
Women and children cannot run from domestic violence without someplace to go. After their first 21 days in an emergency shelter, they need long-term safety and security, and wrap-around supports to overcome the emotional and psychological trauma. Radiance meets that desperate need.
When a woman lives in an abusive household, she often experiences social isolation. The lack of social supports, combined with the impact of trauma and abuse, may cause a wide array of physical, emotional, mental consequences that can hamper a mother’s ability to focus on her children.
If children’s need for a secure home life and for therapeutic supports to address their trauma are not met, they will be prone to anti-social behaviour that can impact them and their community for their entire lives.
Research has shown that witnessing or experiencing domestic violence is the number one indicator that a child will grow up to be a victim or perpetrator of violence. Not only does Radiance Centre work to end family violence right now, we also place special emphasis on the children in our care to end the cycle of violence before it impacts future generations.
Radiance Family Society is a charitable organization bringing hope and healing to families in need for more than 40 years. We envision a community where women and children live safely in healthy families.
We are a multi-service organization:
Radiance Centre has been sheltering, supporting, and helping to transform the lives of women and children impacted by domestic violence in Calgary for more than 40 years. With a 24-suite residential facility at an undisclosed site in Calgary, the Radiance Centre provides a safe and secure home to women and children for up to one year, plus six months of follow-up support to enable them to safely transition back into the community. During their 18 months, they access emotional, psychological and practical supports offered by a team of professionals that include residential counsellors, a child & youth trauma counsellor, play therapist, and parent-child educator.
The Centre also supports clients by building a network of referrals and connections for their move into community housing so that they remain part of a supportive system.
Here is praise from one of our past residents:
“Radiance’s second-stage shelter gave me the chance to take my life back. By the time I came to Radiance, my children were grown. However, they needed me to show them how to break the cycle of abuse. Coming from a family life full of domestic violence, I noticed the cycle of abuse carrying on generation after generation. Shelters like Radiance will not just help the generation in front of them, but families in the future.”
Radiance Children’s Centre is Canada’s first licensed full-time children’s centre tailored to the unique needs of children impacted by domestic violence and trauma.
The friendly, inviting facility serves children residing in the Radiance Centre and children living in the wider community or referred by other local social agencies. The services provided in the Children’s Centre are integrated and harmonized with the services offered to the families in the Residential Children Programming. We offer:
How impactful could your support of Radiance Centre and Radiance Children’s Centre be?
Resident A: “I honestly don’t know where to begin when I want to tell you how much Radiance has helped me. I was welcomed with non-judgmental, open arms. I was accommodated with a beautiful apartment and an amazing counsellor. Not only did Radiance give me a roof over my head, but they gave me peace of mind that I was going to be safe, and that I would actually sleep at night knowing that there was security in the building. I learned a great deal about abuse while attending life-skills groups and now feel confident building boundaries in my life. I also learned where and how to find resources in the community. The most important thing that Radiance has helped me with is building a better relationship with my son. The family counsellor was always very helpful in giving me new ideas on how to be a better parent. Thank you to everyone who works at and supports Radiance.”
Resident B: “Thanks to the security, surveillance cameras, and safety plans put in place for us, I feel very safe at Radiance. I feel supported by my counselor, and no longer feel alone. Being at Radiance has given me the opportunity to make friends and gain confidence, freedom, and strength. I’m learning to enjoy life with my daughter. I’m grateful for the new skills I have been able to learn and the community resources I am becoming aware of through the help of Radiance. My daughter is now able to make eye contact with others, is very happy, and able to have fun. She is doing so well in school and has been able to be focused on studying and has become more responsible with her studies . . . I now know I can make it and build a better future for my daughter and me. I don’t have enough words to say how very thankful I am to Radiance.”
Radiance Community Services also works in close partnership with a wide network of social service agencies to address and eliminate many barriers a struggling family may face. Because every Radiance client is unique, an equally unique system of supports needs to be put in place to ensure the family’s success.
Your donations to Radiance Centre will provide more valuable support services for our residents, while donations to Radiance Children’s Centre will expand the therapeutic services to traumatized children.
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We also welcome a variety of in-kind donations. To learn more, including how to receive a charitable tax receipt for in-kind donations, please call 403.705.3490.
Radiance also needs volunteers:
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]