Public Education Program

The Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society provides free public education and awareness programming on issues related to family violence and MHWSS services.

We often present to schools, businesses, hospitals, religious, organizations and agencies throughout the community and surrounding region.

We’re also available for information displays at community events, volunteer/job fairs, or other awareness opportunities.

For more information about this program:
Phone: 403-527-8223
Email: publiced@mhwss.ca

Available Presentations/Training:

  • Family Violence 101: Our most popular presentation that covers what family violence is, and what programming MHWSS provides. Can be adapted to run anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 ½ hours, and for different abilities (ie. Literacy, ESL)
  • Supporting Children through Family Violence Training run by our Child Support Program to educate those working with children and youth on best practices for supporting children in their care who may be experiencing family violence. (2 hours)
  •      Contact Katrina at MHWSS to book,  katrinab@mhwss.ca
  • Ending Family Violence: It’s in Everyone’s Job Description – Training for workplaces so staff understand the dynamics of family violence, how it impacts the workplace, Occupational Health and Safety requirements, recognizing and responding to family violence in ways that increase safety for everyone. (Est. 3 hours)
  • Caring Hearts & Hands – A program for local hairdressers, and other beauty and wellness professionals to build their skills in recognizing signs of family violence, responding in a safe and supportive way, and referring clients to professional supports in the community.
  • Gender, Violence & Rape Culture – Family Violence is considered a form of gender-based violence due to its disproportionate impact on women. This presentation is an introduction to what gender-based violence is, discusses toxic masculinity, damaging stereotypes, victim-blaming, and rape culture – and how we can start changing the conversation. (hour and a half)
Are you a teacher or professional? We’re always excited to adapt our programming to complement whatever your field is, ie. Criminal justice, social work, addictions/mental health, sociology, etc.

Programming for Children & Youth:

  • Family Violence 101 - An age-appropriate overview of what family violence is, and what programming the MHWSS offers to the community. (Minimum 15-20 minutes)
  • Hands are not for Hitting - For Grades K-6 and youth groups in the same age range. This program focuses on all the things hands can do and safer ways to express anger and feelings. A minimum of 30 minutes per for the program is needed. Students will decorate a banner, or t-shirts if the time booked is 45+ minutes. We can modify the program for pre-schoolers ages four and five, and can present during the day and evenings. Cannot be done as a lunch and learn.
  •      Contact Katrina at MHWSS to book,  katrinab@mhwss.ca
  • Healthy Relationships: It’s Driver’s Ed – but for relationships. Help students understand the foundations of healthy, respectful relationships, as well as recognizing the dynamics and signs of dating violence. (Full classroom period)
  • Digital Safety: A follow-up to the Healthy Relationships presentation. A look at how dating and dating violence occurs with technology, legal and ethical obligations, how students can minimize risks, and how to handle difficult situations. (Full classroom period)
  • Lunch & Learns: We’re constantly building up a library of hands-on activities for youth to spur discussion on healthy relationships/dating violence – and hopefully keep this discussion going!