Community Advocates Project Team


  • This project began as a partnership between CIAFV and the City of Edmonton in 2008.
  • Participants meet one evening a month at a central City of Edmonton site, and free childcare can be arranged
  • All participants have been impacted by violence at some point in their lives
  • There are 8 women who attend regularly
  • The chair of the meeting is a City of Edmonton staff member


  • Public Speaking training with Wendy Doughty of Emerging Directions. The training also included the development of their own stories. 
  • Advocates also participated in the Community Actions Against Family Violence Group (Phase III)  facilitated by the City of Edmonton.  The Community Advocates brought their expertise in the area of lived experience in supporting those participating in the group and also supporting those community members learning about family violence.
  • Completion of video filming, “Freedom to Be Who We Are… A Future without Family Violence”. The video is used as part of training professionals on understanding family violence.  Contact CIAFV if you would like to purchase a copy. 
  • Created images in relation to positive change and developed posters from those images that were displayed at the Diverse Voices Conference and Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute Day.

The Moving Forward Book

Community Advocates produced and wrote a book with their own stories and pictures.  The goal of the book is to provide hope for those who have experienced family violence  – to know that they can rebuild positive change and have strength in the face of adversity.  Learn more about the book here!

Goals of the Project Team

  • To raise awareness of the effects of family violence
  • To consult on and participate in CIAFV activities
  • To be part of the “real voice” for family violence prevention in Edmonton and area

We are grateful to the City of Edmonton for their involvement and support to this committee. This project is currently on pause as we look to establish new partnerships. Interested in learning more? Contact [email protected]