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 …

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 …