Supports expand for people experiencing family violence in Daysland, Stettler

Written by ECA Review

More Albertans now have around-the-clock access to free, specialized services to support them if they are experiencing domestic violence.

The Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), originally launched at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre in 2017, has expanded over the past year to serve 23 additional communities including Stettler, Daysland and Lacombe in the east central region.

Funding for the DART expansion comes from a $2.6-million grant from the Government of Alberta designed to expand family violence services for rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Albertans can request DART services at Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Covenant Health emergency departments, urgent care centres and select maternity wards in any of these communities.

Healthcare providers are also proactively screening patients for domestic violence and, on identification of these concerns, offering DART services regardless of the patient’s primary medical or mental health needs.

DART can help individuals access specialized risk assessment, crisis intervention, emotional support, education, safety planning, safe accommodations, information about local resources, and connection to follow-up services.

As part of this grant, AHS plans to expand DART to additional communities in the coming months.

November is Family Violence Prevention Month.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, help is available. You do not need to be in crisis to access support.

Check for local resources in your area by calling Health Link at 811.

 

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