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 …

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre welcomes new Board of Directors

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is welcoming a new team of skilled and diverse volunteers to the Board of Directors for the 2019/2020 year. The new board was elected at the Annual General Meeting held on September 26, 2019, with the full support of the outgoing board. This transition in governance reflects the growing demand Avalon has experienced since the #MeToo …

CANCELLED Avalon Walks series at Point Pleasant Park on September 13

PLEASE NOTE: due to damage from tropical storm Dorian, the Avalon Walks series will not happen on September 13. Stay tuned for an update on the next edition of the Walks. Past and present clients are invited to join us for a series of simple walks together in nature. The second walk will take place on September 13 at 3pm …

Avalon Walks series kicks off at the Frog Pond

Past and present clients are invited to join us for a series of simple walks together in nature. The first walk will take place on August 16 at 2pm at the Frog Pond Trail Loop. No need to pre-register – to join, just meet us in the parking lot. The walks will proceed rain or shine and will take about …

In This Week’s News: Systemic Failures of Accountability and Protection

Graphic by Austin Willis, originally produced for the Martlet “About 40 people accused the RCMP doctor of assault, but Halifax police say they didn’t find evidence to support charges against him.”¹ “Conservative MPs are demanding to know why the Correctional Service of Canada waited three months to call police after learning of assault allegations at a prison in Nova Scotia.”² …

Start By Believing Improves Survivor Response and Access to Justice

April 3 is the 4th annual Start By Believing Day. In April 2011, Ending Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) launched “Start by Believing,” a global campaign designed to increase awareness of sexual assault and improve societal responses to victim disclosures. According to the SBB website, the campaign draws from psychology’s knowledge base about attitude formation and behavioral change, It is …

Remember, and Take Action

On December 6, 1989, 13 students and one administrator at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because the killer believed they were feminists. Violence against women, and violence based on gender identity or perceived gender persists in our society today at alarming rates. This day is an opportunity to remember the lives lost at l’École Polytechnique, and to plan actions to help …