Vision StatementnWe aspire to a world in which individuals are empowered and mobilized to share responsibility in creating communities free from sexualized violence and abuse. We provide a leadership role in raising awareness, supporting those who have experienced sexualized violence, holding sexual perpetrators accountable, and influencing social and systemic change.nnMission StatementnUsing a feminist lens* to analyze and respond to sexualized violence/abuse and other forms of oppression, we offer a continuum of specialized services, with an emphasis on support, counselling, education, immediate medical care, forensic evaluation, leadership, and advocacy. Our services are available to those affected by all forms of sexualized violence/abuse, their families, the general public, and other support/service providers.nnGuiding PrinciplesnAs advocates, counsellors, educators, health practitioners and activists, we are committed to providing a leadership role in the community by developing our practice around the following guiding principles:nnWe believe that we can be free from sexualized violence and abuse by promoting equality and changing social norms. Therefore, we are committed to working with our colleagues, clients and community using a feminist lens to invoke healing and change.nWe believe that healing is a process. Therefore, we offer a variety of program options that reflect different needs and layers of recovery work to promote healing.nWe believe in using a flexible, collaborative approach that supports the inherent right to self-determination. As such, we support clients by being non-judgmental, providing information about their options and affirming their decisions.nWe are committed to a practice approach that empowers those impacted by sexualized violence and holds perpetrators responsible for crimes committed.nWe are committed to improving access for individuals who have been affected by sexualized violence.nWe are committed to a leadership role advocating for justice.nWe are committed to working with community partners on a local, provincial and national level to improve social policy and create social change.nWe strive to foster an environment that supports team care and resiliency to vicarious traumatization and that provides professional growth and learning opportunities for Avalon team members, students and volunteers.nWe strive to be flexible and accountable by developing policies, procedures and programs that are in keeping with our mission statement, principles and resources.nWe support leadership and employment opportunities for women.n nnWe acknowledge that sexualized violence profoundly affects individuals, families and our community. We ask every member of our community to support us in assisting those who have been sexually victimized to heal from the injuries of such crimes. We challenge all people to help raise awareness surrounding sexualized violence and to create a world promoting individual freedom, safety, and empowerment. nnThe above information is available on our website at the link below.nnhttp://avaloncentre.ca/about-us/mission-and-guiding-principles/
Our programs and services are detailed on our website. Links below.nnhttp://avaloncentre.ca/about-us/mission-and-guiding-principles/nnhttp://avaloncentre.ca/services/counselling-services/nnhttp://avaloncentre.ca/services/legal-support-and-advocacy/nnhttp://avaloncentre.ca/services/sexual-assault-nurse-examiner/
We also provide information, support, referral, and resource distribution to all members of the general public (all ages, all genders), as well as service providers in HRM and across NS. People who live outside of HRM are still able to access our services if they can get to our office or one of the four hospitals that the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program responds to.