I’ve just been sexually assaulted…

How to Get Help after a Sexual Assault?

One of the first things some survivors of a sexual assault do is to ensure their physical and medical well-being. Some people who have experienced sexual assault also need to talk with someone who has a knowledge-base about the issues.

Avalon S.A.N.E. Response Line
Phone: (902) 425-0122

Avalon Centre provides the Avalon SANE Response Line. After an immediate sexual assault (one that occurred within the past 72 hours/3 days) callers can reach an on call Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner by calling the Response Line.

  • Services for all ages and genders
  • Confidential and non-judgmental support
  • Information regarding options and supports
  • Medical care and/or collection of forensic evidence at the hospital (up to 72 hours after a sexual assault has occurred).

After Hours Response Line Nurses Do Not:

  • Assist with the police investigation beyond collection of forensic evidence
  • Give statements to the police or assist victims with giving a police statement
  • Respond to the crime scene or the victim’s home
  • Provide services to anyone under 13 years of age

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE)
The SANE Program is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health, and coordinated by Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a Registered Nurse who has advanced training and education in forensic examinations of sexual assault victims.

The SANE Program is a partnership with the IWK Health Centre, the QE II Health Sciences Centre, the Dartmouth General Hospital and the Cobequid Community Health Centre. Through this initiative, on-call SANE’s will provide immediate care and conduct forensic examinations of victims of sexual violence.

The SANE Program provides:

  • Emergency response, 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • Response to the emergency departments of the IWK, QEII, Dartmouth General Hospitals and the Cobequid Multi-Service Centre, usually within one hour;
  • Services to females, males and trans persons of all ages;
  • Expert testimony in a court of law;
  • Supportive follow-up for victims;
  • Storage of forensic evidence for six months.

The SANE Program does not provide:

  • Transportation;
  • Medical services outside the hospitals;
  • Medical treatment to anyone other than victims of sexual violence.

Police/Emergency 911
You always have the option of calling the police immediately if you have been sexually assaulted. They will respond, take a statement from you, and proceed to investigate your complaint. They will also take you to the hospital if you would like to go, and you may request that they call the Avalon Centre On-Call SANE to meet you at the hospital or police station. They should also refer you to Victims’ Services. See also, Avalon’s “What Happens if I call the Police?” brochure.

Help Line
Phone : 421-1188

  • 24 hour a day, 7 days a week phone support
  • Help with an immediate sexual assault crisis, as well as referrals for individuals dealing with past sexual assault or sexual abuse

What about Support Services?
It is natural to have a sense of powerlessness and fear after sexual assault. In the process of rebuilding a sense of safety it is important to feel, and know, that it is your choice as to whether or not you tell someone about your sexual assault, and who you choose to tell..

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre provides the following to women and trans* people:

  • Individual counselling
  • Support and therapy groups
  • Court support
  • Advocacy/Support/Referral
  • Confidential, non-judgmental, free of charge services

Anyone can call (902) 422-4240 for phone support

 

Halifax Regional Police Victim Services provides:

  • Emotional support
  • Help with police information if charges have been laid
  • Referrals to programs in Halifax Regional Municipality for victims of crime
  • Phone: 490-5300
All Emergencies 911
QEII Emergency Department 473-3383
Dartmouth General Emergency Department 465-8333
IWK Emergency Department 428-8050
Cobequid Multi-Service Centre Emergency 864-0234
Halifax Sexual Health Centre
(HSHC provides: Non-Emergency Medical Treatment, STD/STI Testing, Pregnancy Testing, HIV Testing, Emergency Contraceptive Pill)
455-9656
Help Line 421-1188
After Hours Crisis Line, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre 425-0122 | 911
Police and RCMP Emergencies 490-5020
Halifax Regional Police (non-emergency) 490-5016
(general inquiries) 424-8734
Public Prosecution Services (Crown Attorneys) 424-3307
Department of Justice, Regional Victims’ Services 490-5300
Halifax Regional Police Victims’ Services 865-6649
RCMP Victims’ Services 865-3663
Bedford/Sackville Mental Health 420-1980
Family Services Association 423-3607
Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association 429-8167
Mobil Crisis Intervention Service
Mental Health Services
- Provincial Office 424-4232
- Abby J. Lane 496-2539
- Bedford/Sackville 865-3663
- Dartmouth 464-3116
- Halifax County 434-3263
- IWK 464-4110
- Windsor 792-2042

Remember, if you are sexually assaulted it is not your fault.
No one asks for, invites or deserves to be sexually assaulted.

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