WHO WE ARE
Sexual Violence Action Committee (SVAC)
SVAC is a standing committee of professionals dedicated to providing leadership, coordination and a unified voice on issues related to sexual violence in southwestern Alberta.
The committee meets monthly to discuss issues with respect to sexual violence. Topics and actions may include:
- Discussion of various aspects of sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, counseling, support, community education, awareness, etc. that are impacting the community
- Organizing or participating in training events in the community related to responding and/or preventing sexual violence
- Applying for grants/funding to advance committee projects
- Raising concerns over local processes or shortcomings regarding sexual assault investigations, counseling and victim support in Southwestern Alberta.
Since the late 1980’s, representatives from the sexual assault centres in Alberta increasingly recognized the need for a provincial body to support a more collaborative, coordinated approach to sexual violence service delivery in Alberta. Fragmented services, rural and urban inequities and lack of sustainable funding for programs highlighted the need for a more unified provincial effort. In 1993, the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Centres (AASAS) was incorporated as a registered charity with a view to addressing this need.
In 2010, the organization underwent a name change to the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) to reflect the fact that some communities do not have independent infrastructures of sexual assault centres but are delivering a range of sexual violence services to their communities. It was the intent of the founding members that AASAS would act as an umbrella organization for members engaged in various forms of service delivery throughout the province. Rather than deliver front‐line services AASAS would act as an intermediary focused on improving the effectiveness of the sexual violence sector and facilitating its further development.
The following organizations are SVAC partners: