Avalon Calls for Protection of Mi’kmaw Rights and Safety

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre stands in solidarity with Mi’kmaw fishers. Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is located in Kjipuktuk, the unceded, unsurrendered lands of the Mi’kmaq Nation, and we recognize our responsibilty as Treaty people to speak out against the colonial violence experienced by Mi’kmaw fishers and community members. Avalon Sexual Assault Centre affirms our support for the self-determined inherent right …

Joining the Avalon Board

Avalon Centre is the sexual assault centre for the Halifax Region and is a feminist non-profit organization that focuses on sexual assault awareness and prevention, support and intervention services, therapeutic counselling, systemic and social justice advocacy.  We are committed to addressing the intersectionality of sexualized violence, misogyny, racism, and systemic oppression.  We support leadership and employment opportunities for women, trans, …

Against a Restorative Approach to an Inquiry into the NS Mass Shooting

As media have reported, Avalon has joined with feminist and anti-violence organizations to express concern about the use of restorative approaches to an inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting. The text of the joint letter can be viewed and downloaded below. As well, a past public statement of Avalon’s concerns about restorative approaches in some cases can be seen …

Avalon Calls for Police Defunding for Reinvestment in Justice

As part of Avalon Sexual Assault Centre’s commitment to addressing legacies of racism and white supremacy – including within our own organization – we are joining today with Anti-Racist organizations calling for the defunding of police services and reinvestment of funds to community organizations that promote social and racial justice. As Educators, Nurses, Counsellors, and Advocates, working on the frontlines …

VOICE

Maggie Kuhn was an American activist that dedicated her life to fighting for social and economic justice, human rights, and peace, and who is perhaps best known for the inspirational quote, “Stand before the people you fear, and speak even if your voice shakes.” Speaking – using our voices  – comes in many forms: from silence to whispers to screams. Survivors …

Violence, Healing and Prevention

Once again, a deliberate act of violence has horrified and angered. Has broken hearts. Avalon Sexual Assault Centre honours the memories and lives of the people murdered in Nova Scotia April 18 and 19: Tom Bagley Kristen Beaton Greg Blair Jamie Blair Joy Bond Peter Bond Corrie Ellison Gina Goulet Dawn Gulenchyn Frank Gulenchyn Lillian Hyslop Alanna Jenkins Lisa McCully …

Getting the message. Responding, together.

On a daily basis at Avalon – as we travel to hospitals to answer the call of those who request Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, as we meet with groups to build skills around bystander intervention, as we add our efforts to justice-seeking movements, and as we support survivors in therapeutic healing practices – we witness the overwhelming toll of victim …

Mapping a Path Forward

2019 has been a challenging year for Avalon. For many years, non-profit organizations in our community haven’t been resourced to meet people’s needs for these services: fundamental social, health and mental health services. There is still a great imbalance in how society values particular activities and work, with results such as the common belief that the under-resourcing of social and …

Book Launch Supports Avalon

KelleyAnne Malinen is a professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Mount Saint Vincent University, and editor of the recently published Dis/Consent: Perspectives on Sexual Consent and Sexual Violence. Proceeds from the book and its launch event were offered to Avalon as a donation, and Executive Director Jackie Stevens participated on a panel discussion at the event. In Dis/Consent, …

Every Response Matters

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) works to improve criminal justice and community responses to gender-based violence. It is the organization behind Start By Believing, the global campaign to transform the way society responds to sexual assault. Avalon Centre is a member of EVAWI and brought Start By Believing to Halifax. The 5th annual Start By Believing Day will happen …