The Safe Families Intervention Team (SFIT) is a partnership that was formed between the Medicine Hat Police Service and the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society (MHWSS). The unit works between the Medicine Hat Police Service and the MHWSS Outreach Office located at the Ridge. The unit consist of one MHPS Constable and 5 MHWSS Outreach staff members.
The Mission of this unit is to provide a collaborative, timely and effective team response in partnership with support agencies to assist families in dealing with incidents of family violence. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to live a violent free life.
We strive to achieve the following outcomes:
- Provide early identification and the appropriate assessment(s) of families that may be in need of family violence intervention referral service
- Reduce repeat domestic violence related calls to MHPS
- Ensure that women, children and men have access to services with MHWSS
- Provide the necessary resources, services and referrals for families to establish healthy violence free relationships
In an effort to achieve these outcomes, we make follow-up
calls on police reported instances to see if there is some way we can help the
family involved. We also establish
contact when families are either referred to us by others or are self-referred.
If you are in an abusive relationship and would like information about creating a safety plan - click here to for a Strategies for Safety quick reference guide
Cst. Kinsi Steiger
Safe Family Intervention Team
Medicine Hat Police Service