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Survivor Support

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About Us

We are dedicated to supporting survivors and those affected by sexualized violence, providing education and resources, and advocating for addressing all aspects of sexualized violence, rape and consent culture, and harassment.

 

Our Services

  • Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone Line that offers confidental and anonymous, non-judgemental, active listening and support to anyone who has experienced or has been affected by sexualized violence. The Phone Line can be reached at 902-425-1066 between 12:00pm and 12:00am daily, 7 days a week.
     
  • Peer Education through tabling at events, 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, visit dsu.ca/activelistening

 

Our Values

We are building a consent culture at Dalhousie because all students have a right to safer campuses. We believe survivors and center their experiences. We recognize that rape culture and gender-based violence affects people differently. We aim to combat all forms of inequality and injustice through an anti-oppressive, feminist framework.

 

Volunteer With Us

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

  1. To volunteer with the Survivor Support Centre, we ask you do the following:

  2. Complete Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Strategy “Breaking the Silence” Training online at  https://breakthesilencens.ca/training and send a copy of your Certificate to the Survivor Support Manager at survivorsupport@dal.ca
  3. Complete a Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check at https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/police/criminal-record-check and send copies to the Survivor Support Manager at survivorsupport@dal.ca

  4. Complete the following form to register for training

  5. Complete the two-day survivor support, phone line, and active listening training (upon registration, training dates will be emailed to you)

 

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: survivorsupport@dal.ca

Learn more about the history of the Survivor Support Centre via our membership advisory.
 

Resources

*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: dal.ca/security
phone: 902-494-6400 for Halifax campuses, 902-893-4190 for Agricultural Campus in Truro
 

Human Rights, Equity and Harassment Prevention
Confidential service to members of the Dalhousie community seeking advice, support, and conflict resolution related to harassment or discrimination
website: dal.ca/dalrespect
phone: 902-494-6672
 

Dalhousie Health 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.
website: dal.ca/healthservices
phone: 902-494-2171 for Halifax campuses, 902-893-6300 for Agricultural Campus in Truro
 

Dalhousie Counselling Services
Free, confidential assistance by professionally trained counsellors and registered psychologists.
website: dal.ca/counselling
phone: 902-494-2081

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.
website: southhousehalifax.ca
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.
website: www.avaloncentre.ca
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.
website: southhousehalifax.ca
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)
website: hshc.ca
phone: 902-455-9656