Specialized support to individuals who are experiencing domestic violence.
Domestic violence can take many forms, including verbal, physical, sexual, psycological, emotional, spiritual, and the violation of rights which can happen in any relationship based on intamcay, dependency, or trust. The Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) offers specialized support to patients of all genders who are experiencing any form of domestic violence. Individuals do not have to be in a crisis to access the DART response, and can request a referral at select emergency departments, urgent care centres, and maternity units. Participation is voluntary and at no cost to the patient.
Although, as of November 30th, 2023, the DART project has sunset, domestic violence services are still being provided through localized shelter response, while individuals are present within the Alberta Health Services (AHS) or Covenant Health facility. Referrals of patients to the respective shelters remain confidential, nonjudgemental, and choice-based. A referral is initated through the patient or by an AHS or Covenant Health employee. A shelter responder will connect with the individual over the phone to conduct further assessment and provide the following services based on their needs.
- emotional support
- information and education about domestic violence
- assistance with safety planning
- information about and referrals to local supports, including financial assistance, counselling, food bank, etc.
- assistance with contacting local law enforcement and / or Children's Services
- access to safe accommodations, including emergency shelter or hotel
This service is provided by AHS or Covenant Health and external shelter service providers.