Louise looks out over the Bow River

Community supports help heal physical and emotional scars.

As a single mom of two daughters, Louise thought she'd met the man of her dreams. He promised her a great life. When he began to abuse her, she felt lost and hopeless. He told Louise her daughters were in danger because he was involved in organized crime, and he soon took Louise and fled the city.

For months, Louise lived in fear, unsure of her daughter's safety and not knowing what her own future held.

Finally, when Louise felt out of hope, the police arrived and arrested him.

Louise is Calgary.

Once Louise was free of his hold, she began to volunteer, talk to people that had gone through similar experiences, and truly start to heal.


Calgary is a community of people. Meet a few of the 177,000 people like Louise who were helped in 2015.

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