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The following information describes services and supports for individuals or families experiencing elder abuse and organizations serving senior citizens in the City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge County. This is not an exhaustive list but points of contact. Services outlined are a part of the collaborative community response and will connect individuals to other service providers as appropriate.

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm, call 9-1-1 for immediate response services.



1.  Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network

Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network (LEARN) is a collaboration of human services organizations helping to reduce elder abuse in the Lethbridge area by providing a collaborative community response through a network of professional senior serving organizations. The LEARN Case Manager is a single point of contact who will provide intervention and support to older adults experiencing elder abuse within the City of Lethbridge and the County of Lethbridge. Her role includes:
  • Responding to calls and referrals
  • Assessing need and risk
  • Case planning with older adults and their support systems
  • Referral to community supports
  • Follow-up with clients
  • Development of process, protocols and streamlined processes
The LEARN Case Manager can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 403 394-0306.  The LEARN Case Manager has an office at Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization - 500-11th Street South, Lethbridge.

This is a project funded by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

The Elder Abuse Awareness Program brings increased awareness and knowledge of elder abuse to the community of Lethbridge and surrounding areas. Presentations are customized to the participant group and can range from general awareness and prevention to professional in-services.  The program is frequently presented to seniors’ facilities, community and service groups and educational institutions.   In addition, the program organizes various awareness campaigns including the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Lethbridge Senior’s Safety Calendar.  The LEARN Coordinator position receives funding through AB Seniors.

To receive more information about training or to book an event, contact the LEARN Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 403.320.2222


2. Community LINKS

Community LINKS is a visible, easily accessible information centre where individuals can obtain current and reliable information and referral to services, agencies and organizations in southwest Alberta. Services include a comprehensive database, telephone assistance and a walk-in centre. LINKS is an inclusive and free service for anyone.

Community LINKS can be reached by calling 403.328.5465 or visiting 426-6th Street S Lethbridge in the Canadian Mental Health Association building.



3. Lethbridge Legal Guidance

Lethbridge Legal Guidance is a non-profit society providing free legal advice, information and education to Albertans who are not able to afford access to justice. Volunteer lawyers donate their professional time to meet with clients and provide legal advice, information and education. If they cannot offer direct assistance, they refer the client to the appropriate person(s) or agency. Representation in court is not provided.

To inquire about eligibility and services, contact them at 403.380.6338 or visit 423 5 Street South Lethbridge, AB T1J 2B6



4. Lethbridge Regional Police Service – Victim/Witness Services

Victim/Witness Services include Crisis Support Workers and “first responders” who provide support during the first few critical hours after a crime or tragic event. They also provide an essential link between the Police and victims and are able to provide information regarding the status of investigations, court cases and trial dispositions.

VSU works closely with LEARN in providing a seamless service to support victims of elder abuse. They can be reached by Phone: 403.330.5023
To Report: 403 328-4444
For Emergency and Immediate Risk: dial 911



5. Lethbridge Family Services (LFS) Counselling, Education and Outreach

The Lethbridge Family Services Counselling Department offers a full continuum of services, providing individual, couple, family counselling and therapy groups. The Department divides its service delivery into General Counselling, Sexual and Domestic Violence - Adults, Sexual and Domestic Violence - Children, Employee Assistance Programs.

As part of the continuum of service, LFS offers presentations/workshops and personal growth groups on a variety of topics. Outreach services focus on providing individual support services for those affected by a suicide and a sexual assault. Subsidy is available to those with financial need.

To receive support contact 403.327.5724 or visit 1107 2nd A Avenue, Lethbridge



6. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Rural Policing)

Contact Information:
Lethbridge County

     Information: 403.329.5080
     Complaints: 403.329.5010
     For Emergency and Immediate Risk: 911

Magrath
     Information: 403.752.4747
     Complaints: 403.752.3351
     For Emergency and Immediate Risk: 911

Picture Butte
     Information: 403.732.4449
     Complaints: 403.732.4429
     For Emergency and Immediate Risk: 911



5. YWCA Harbour House (Lethbridge)

YWCA Harbour House is a 24 bed crisis unit for women and children who are involved in abusive relationships. Abuse may be domestic violence or sexual assault.

Individuals and families are provided accommodations for a maximum of 21 days, with staff available for counselling and support 24 hours-a-day. Education sessions on the impact of family violence on children, cycle and dynamics of violence are available for all clients.

The shelter operates a 24 hour-crisis-line (local calls 320.1881 or toll free 1.866.296.0447) and provides drop in support. There are no fees for this program.

Phone Numbers:
403.320.1881 (24 hour Crisis Line)
1.866.296.0447 (toll-free 24 hour Crisis Line)
403.329.0088 (YWCA Reception)

Address
604 8 Street South
Lethbridge AB T1J 2K1