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Survivor Support

Please note: The Survivor Support Centre is currently not hosting drop-in hours until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. Please see for the latest updates.

About Us

Our mission is to provide anonymous, confidential, non-judgmental, trauma -informed support to survivors of sexualized violence and to create positive social change at Dalhousie by addressing issues of sexualized violence and rape culture through innovative education strategies and advocacy. 

Our Services

  • Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone Line offers anonymous, confidential, non-judgemental, active listening and support to anyone who has experienced or has been affected by sexualized violence. You are not required to give any personal identifying information to receive support. Call or text 902-425-1066 between 12:00pm and 12:00am daily, 7 days a week.

  • Drop by the Survivor Support Centre to speak with someone in person, get information or pick up resources. You can also call our office at 902-494-1367 or email book an appointment.

  • Peer Education through tabling at events, workshops, panel discussions, doing class-talks, and distributing resources. 

  • Active Listening for events, where specially trained volunteers are available to attend public and university events, or classes, to provide active listening support to attendees. To book an active listener please email

  • Self-defense classes for non-binary, trans, genderqueer and queer students. Schedule of workshops to be announced for 2019-2020.

  • Flip the Script TM the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance Program provides young women skills to stand up for their sexual rights. More info at Schedule of workshops to be announced for 2019-2020 


Our Values

  • We believe survivors and center their experiences.

  • We believe all students have a right to safer campuses.

  • We recognize that sexualized violence and rape culture affect people profoundly and differently. 

  • We believe in low-threshold access to services for survivors of sexualized violence.

  • We respect survivors’ choices pertaining to their lives, bodies, and personhood.

  • We believe that sexual and relationship education taught from a sex-positive, inclusive, intersectional and collaborative framework is fundamental to changing the culture on campus to consent culture.

  • We aim to combat all forms of sexualized violence, abuse, inequality, and injustice using an anti-oppressive, intersectional, feminist lens.


Volunteer With Us

To volunteer with the DSU Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone Line/Text Line or as a Survivor Support Center Peer Educator you must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Strategy “Breaking the Silence” Training online at and send a copy of your Certificate to the Survivor Support Manager at

  2. Register for training online.

  3. Complete a Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check at and send copies to the Survivor Support Manager at

  4. Complete the two-day survivor support, phone line, and active listening training.

  5. Complete the three-hour iCarol training to provide text support. 


Our Office

Visit our Survivor Support office on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Building in the Society Hub. 

  • Survivor Support Manager: Shannon Pringle
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
  • Office Number: 902-494-1367
  • Email:



*If this is an Emergency please call 911.

On Campus

Dalhousie Security
When called, security staff can usually respond to a crisis on campus within 12 minutes or less. If you’re concerned about crossing paths with someone on campus, Dal Security can also compare schedules and help you with a safety plan. website:, DalSafe App

Emergency Line: Halifax campuses - 902-494-4109, Truro campus - 902-893- 4190          General Inquiries 902-494-6400


Human Rights & Equity Services
Confidential service to members of the Dalhousie community seeking advice, support, and conflict resolution related to human rights, harassment, discrimination, sexualized violence, equity and inclusion, accommodation and accessibility, and conflict. website:
phone: 902-494-6672

Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness Services
Confidential nursing assessments and referral services for students.
Students can access birth control options and information here, including emergency contraception (Plan B). Other services available here include both assessment and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
phone: 902-494-2171 for Halifax campuses, 902-893-6300 for Agricultural Campus in Truro

Dalhousie Counselling--- Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness Services
Students who are looking for counselling can stop by the Centre for a walk-in session (wait times vary). The first walk-in session also acts as an intake session. The purpose of this 30-50 minute session is to: 
phone: 902-494-2171 


South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre
South House offers peer support and informal referrals to Halifax services. Their space is wheelchair accessible, is trans-and-queer-positive, and includes a resource centre and library.
phone: 902-494-2432


Off Campus

Halifax Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
If you’ve experienced a sexual assault in the last five days, call 902-425-0122. SANE services are available to people of all ages and genders.

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
Avalon’s services include therapeutic counseling for women and trans individuals, 16 and older, who’ve experienced sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment.
Avalon also offers information and referrals.
phone: 902-422-4240

Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team
Intervention and short-term crisis management for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. Their phone line can be called from anywhere in Nova Scotia, and they can send the mobile team to respond in-person within most of Halifax Regional Municipality. Their crisis team includes mental health professionals and dedicated police officers.
phone: 902-429-8167
Toll-free: 1-888-429-8167

South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre
South House offers peer support and informal referrals to Halifax services. Their space is wheelchair accessible, is trans-and-queer-positive, and includes a resource centre and library.
phone: 902-494-2432

Halifax Sexual Health Centre
The Halifax Sexual Health Centre offers clinical services, counseling, and education. Anyone with a valid Nova Scotia health card can access comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care here; this can include assessment, treatment, and counseling with a doctor after a sexual assault. (If an assault was within the last five days, you may contact SANE nurses instead - see above for their contact details)

phone: 902-455-9656

Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors please call 211