Safe Horizon Society for Abuse Response is a non-profit society that works collaboratively with other organizations and the community towards reducing relationship violence and abuse in the tri-municipal region through education, awareness, resources and supports.
The Parkland & Area Community Partnership was originally formed in December 2009 as family violence was identified as a serious issue in the Parkland Region. The group became known as the Parkland and Area Response to Family Violence Committee (PARFVC). The committee was comprised of members from many community agencies and volunteers all with a commitment to the reduction of relationship violence and abuse in the Parkland Region. Since its inception, the Board has met monthly to develop and implement strategies that reduce the impact of relationship violence in our communities. The Committee became a registered Society on December 3, 2012.
Safe Horizon currently collaborates with the following agencies on initiatives and strategies aimed at either awareness or action involving the reduction of relationship violence and abuse: Stony Plain FCSS, Spruce Grove FCSS, Parkland RCMP, Spruce Grove/Stony Plain and District Victim Services Unit, Safe City, Parkland Turning Points Society, Community Corrections, Child and Family Services and Alberta Parenting for the Future Association. Safe Horizon has also received support for community development initiatives from Perks Coffee House and the Rotary Clubs of Spruce Grove, Parkland County and Stony Plain.
Safe Horizon Society for Abuse Response has received grant funding from the Solicitor General’s Victims of Crime fund since 2014 in order to contract a Domestic Violence Caseworker. The DV Caseworker is a specialized human services worker with knowledge and training specific to domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Caseworker works closely with the Criminal Justice System and the victims of domestic violence to ensure families have the appropriate wraparound supports required to move toward a family free from violence.
The DV Caseworker is also a member of the Domestic Violence Support Team (DVST). Other members include, RCMP DV Coordinator, Victim Services Society, Community Corrections (Probation) and Alberta Child and Family Services. DVST works together to provide an interagency approach to domestic violence cases before the Criminal Court, focusing on the principles of victim safety and offender accountability. Through multi-agency case conferencing and lawful information sharing, DVST can facilitate informed decisions and effective court outcomes for clients.