Why we're here

We want to make Mount Royal University a safer and healthier community for everyone. This page will provide you with information about what abuse is, how to identify it, and where to go if you think that you or someone you know needs help. 

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COVID-19 response

The Stepping Up Program is continuing to monitor and respond to information and advisories from Alberta Health related to COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19 and MRU's response, please visit mru.ca.COVID19. 


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Alberta Council of Women's Shelters: Shelter Snapshot 2020

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The 2020 Shelter Snapshot provides aggregate data from shelters between April 1, 2020- September 30, 2020. 
Read the full report here. 

Media and other news 

For a list of research related to dating, domestic and sexual violence prevention, please click here. 

Black Lives Matter

At Stepping Up we stand in solidarity and listen to the voices of those who continue in strength to speak up against anti-Black racism. Black Lives Matter is a response to continued systemic racism, and as a program focused on dating, domestic and sexual violence (DDSV) prevention we cannot separate one form of violence from another. There is currently a lack of data in Canada representing the interconnectedness of Black people's experiences, racism and DDSV. An initial step towards our self-reflection is for our Stepping Up program coordinator to complete a primer on “center[ing] racial justice in our efforts to end sexual and domestic violence,” as well as a commitment to seek out BIPOC knowledge in the field of DDSV. We acknowledge the historic resilience of Indigenous peoples in Canada, who are also overrepresented as those victimized by DDSV. We hear the voices of racialized Canadians, and are grateful for the following resources to help educate ourselves on how we can take meaningful action.

Action Dignity’s Response Regarding Black Lives Matter 

Women Of Colour Network: Domestic Violence in Communities of Color

Canadian Federation of Students: Campus Tool-Kit for Combatting Racism

Aboriginal Domestic Violence in Canada

Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

Deeper Anti-Racist Organizational Change: More Tools & Resources 

Podcast: The Unlearning Channel


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If you have questions about anything on this site please email steppingup@mtroyal.ca

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