Sexual Assault Resources Off Campus

Avalon Counselling Services


Specialized therapeutic counselling program available to women & Trans/gender non-identified individuals 16 years and older, who have experienced a recent or historical sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and/or sexual harassment.


They offer 1-10 therapeutic counselling sessions to those who are currently experiencing a heightened time of distress or crisis following a recent sexual assault or are experiencing strong flashbacks and immediate distress stemming from a past sexual violation.

They offer 1 – 20 ‘Relational Healing’ services for those addressing historical sexual abuse and/or past sexual assault.

HOW DO I Access IT?

Counselling services are on a self-referral basis by calling 902-422-4240.

All callers seeking to speak with an Avalon therapist regarding a recent sexual assault are prioritized and are responded to with 24 business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m).  All other calls are returned within 72 hours (3 business days), depending upon the volume of calls and service requests.

Avalon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)


Service for victims/survivors of a sexual assault who want to ensure their physical and medical well-being after an immediate sexual assault. The Avalon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program provides this care while ensuring that the victim/survivor’s wants are respected


SANE serves people of all genders (including trans-identified people) and all ages who have experienced a sexual assault in the past five days (120 hours).

A SANE is a registered nurse who has advanced training and education in forensic examinations of sexual assault victims. The Avalon SANE program provides medical examination and forensic evidence collection in the emergency departments of the IWK Health Centre, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital and Cobequid Community Health Centre.

Medical exams and/or forensic evidence collection through the SANE program will only be conducted with the victim/survivor’s consent. Evidence is not released to the police without the victim’s consent.

HOW DO I Access IT?

You can access SANE a number of ways:

  1. Go to the emergency room of one of the participating hospitals or health centres (IWK Health Centre, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Dartmouth General Hospital and Cobequid Community Health Centre). The staff will call a SANE.
  2. Call the Avalon SANE response line (902-425-0122), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  3. Call the Avalon SANE business line (902-422-6503) during Avalon Centre office hours.
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