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The Gender-based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative aims to reduce and ultimately end gender-based violence and sexual assault in Edmonton.


  • 911 if you are in immediate danger
  • 310-1818 (Family Violence Info Line) or 211 (Alberta Information and Referrals) for non-emergency assistance

Public Perspective on Gender-based Violence in Edmonton

In 2017, Leger engaged 600 Edmontonians through telephone interviews to understand their perspectives on sexual and gender based violence. The research findings show there are opportunities to increase awareness and understanding on these issues and will be used to further develop the City of Edmonton’s Gender-based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative.

Did You Know?

  • Canadian statistics report 1 in 6 women you know will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime
  • Every hour of every day, a woman in Alberta is a victim of some form of violence by an intimate partner
  • Almost 70% of domestic violence incidents in Edmonton go unreported
  • Indigenous women are more than 8 times as likely to be killed by their intimate partner and 3.5 times likely to be victims of violence compared to non-Indigenous women
  • The most severe of all hate crimes are those that target the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) community

This is What it Feels Like

Men Edmonton, Hollaback Alberta and the City of Edmonton through the Gender-based Violence initiative have partnered to bring This Is What It Feels Like to Edmonton for 2018. This powerful auditory art exhibit aims to shift attitudes and beliefs about street harassment by providing individuals the experience of being on the receiving end of catcalling and sexual harassment.

In the installation, participants walk into a dimmed enclosure to the sound of voices making harassing and objectifying comments commonly heard on the streets. The event may be triggering for some. Staff and resources will be available on site.

While the event is open to everyone, men are particularly encouraged to learn what it’s like to have this kind of experience.

For More Information

Zanette Frost




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