Employment Opportunity: Therapeutic Trauma Healing Counselling Position (Term)

 This position has been filled Job Description: Provide individual therapeutic trauma healing counselling services to women and trans individuals, 16-years and older, who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault or are non-offending parents of sexually abused children. This one-year, full-time term counselling position will carry a caseload primarily focused on providing relational trauma healing counselling to clients who …

Statement on the Tentative Settlement in Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Case

June 5, 2014 We were relieved and pleased to see this week that the Government of Nova Scotia has reached a tentative settlement with the former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. We would like to acknowledge the tremendous courage and strength of the victims/survivors in addressing the issues of systemic racism and abuse. We hope that …

Press Release: International Movement “Denim Day” Comes to Halifax

April 9, 2014 An international movement which aims to make a social statement with a fashion statement is being launched in Halifax Regional Municipality by Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Avalon is encouraging people throughout Halifax to wear jeans in support of sexual assault survivors. “The movement started in Italy in the 1990s after a rape …

Light After Dark concert and silent auction on May 1

We’re hosting our annual fundraising event Light After Dark at the Company House on May 1. This is the sixth year for this event and the proceeds help Avalon to continue our work with victims/survivors of sexualized violence. Please call our office to purchase tickets and we look forward to seeing you on May 1!  

Statement on NSGEU registered nurses strike

In light of the current strike situation involving registered nurses with NSGEU Local 97, the Avalon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program will be providing emergency service as usual. Response to the emergency departments at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital, Cobequid Community Health Centre and IWK Health Centre will be uninterrupted. If you need to see a SANE …

PRESS RELEASE: Event Raises More Than $5,000 for Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

October 11, 2013 The 2013 Women of Influence event was held October 10 in Halifax and raised more than $5,000 for Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. Approximately 60 women attended the event which was hosted by Louise O’Haran and Bonnita Mitchell in their Kitchen Design Plus showroom. “We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout and results,” says Louise O’Haran, owner of …

PRESS RELEASE: SMU Frosh Week Chant Validates and Perpetuates Rape Culture

September 5, 2013 Staff at Avalon Sexual Assault Centre were shocked when they saw the video of Saint Mary’s University frosh leaders chanting about sexual assault. “The message of that chant reinforces rape culture in our society,” says Irene Smith, Executive Director of Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. “Rape culture is perpetuated through television, music, advertising and evidently this chant during …

WOMEN’S GROUPS COLLABORATE ON PROVINCIAL SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES

August 30, 2013 On August 28 and 29, 2013, eight organizations from across the province came together in Halifax to collaborate on a hub model to sexual assault services in Nova Scotia. The meeting was made possible by funding announced in July from the provincial Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying. “Accessibility has been identified as a key problem …

Statement on charges in Rehtaeh Parsons case

August 9, 2013 With the charges being laid in connection to the Rehtaeh Parsons case, our thoughts continue to be with Rehtaeh’s family. Making and distribution of child pornography charges have been laid in this case, which sends a message to the community that these actions are criminal and will be taken seriously. Given the prevalence of the spreading of …