Preventative Education & Awareness

At Rowan House we strongly believe prevention and education are the most effective ways of ending violence within our community. We strive to increase our involvement with families, children, indigenous populations, schools, community groups, agencies and the media in order to provide the best possible education in regard to family violence.

To learn more or to book any of these presentations, please contact or call 403-603-5996.

School Presentations

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Elementary School Presentations:

Grade 2:
What is a Bully?

Grade 5:
Standing up to Bullying

Junior & Senior High School Presentations:

Grade 8:
Healthy Relationships

Grade 11:
Healthy Relationships and Dating Abuse
Are You Ready to be in a Relationship?

NEW - Leading Change Presentations

Rowan House is calling on schools, sports teams, youth clubs, businesses and community organizations to make a difference for those living with violence.

Our goal is to further encourage men and boys, or any bystander, to use their voice to stand along-side women and girls to both prevent and end gender-based violence.

Presentations are 75-90 minutes long and are geared toward youth aged 12-18, as well as adults.

Topics Covered:
Gender-Based Violence - what it is and how to recognize it
The Role Masculinity Plays in Society
What it Means to Act as a Leader
Bystander Intervention - who is a bystander and simple actions anyone can take to become a leader 

Healthy Relationship Education Groups

Love shouldn’t hurt. Are you or someone you know struggling in a relationship? Are you looking for information and support?
Sign up for one of our free six-week Healthy Relationship Education groups in High River or Okotoks.

Group starts back up in Fall, 2019. Watch for dates.

Group starts back up in Fall, 2019. Watch for dates.

Topics Covered:
Healthy Relationships
Domestic Abuse and the Cycle of Abuse
Impact of Abuse and Coping Skills
Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children
Self-Esteem and Boundaries
Moving Forward

*Meal and Child Care Included*

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Public Presentations

Do you know someone affected by domestic abuse? Are you wondering what they're really going through, why they stay, or how you can help? Rowan House offers a number of short presentations to businesses and community groups to help answer these questions:

Understanding Domestic Violence (DV101)
Healthy Relationships 101
About Rowan House

To learn more or to book any of these presentations, please contact or call 403-603-5996.

Community awareness

Summer Events:
Every summer, you are sure to spot our purple and white tent at a number of community events throughout the Foothills. We welcome you to stop by and talk to our knowledgeable staff and volunteers if you have any questions about our programs or services.

Family Violence Prevention Month:
November is Family Violence Prevention Month. During this month you will notice the downtown streets of Okotoks and High River adorned with purple ribbons and stats cards, to spotlight the issue of domestic abuse. We also encourage community members to Lace Up for Rowan House by wearing purple shoelaces for the month of November and join us in taking a stand against violence. Check out our events page or follow us on social media for updates.

One Billion Rising / International Women's Day:
The One Billion Rising march is a global movement that officially launched in 2012 as a call to action against the alarming statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime – adding up to more than 1 Billion women and girls. Since then, the movement has grown and marches, dances and other events are held by organizations across the world between February 14th and March 8th. Rowan House joined the movement locally in 2014, alternating it between High River and Okotoks each year. The first three years we held it in February, but in 2017, we moved it to March 8th to coincide with International Women's Day.