Supports and Resources

The Sexualized Violence Advisor, Lyndsay Anderson, is trained to help individuals who have experienced Sexualized Violence. The Sexualized Violence Advisor offers confidential support, crisis intervention, liaises with medical/legal/police services as needed, coordinates safety plans with Security Services, refer Complainants to counselling and ongoing support, advises Complainants on possible accommodations and processes outlined in this Policy, and provides other consultation and case management services (including incident logging). They consult and liaise with Security Services, Student Health & Wellness, Advising & Access Services, as well as the Vice-Provost Student Affairs, and the Assistant Vice-President Human Resources, as appropriate.

HRES is currently operating via a blended service model (email, telephone, Microsoft Teams and in-person meetings); in-person appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. The Sexualized Violence Advisor will be flexible in terms of meeting with complainants, including virtual meetings and meetings at alternate locations on campus at the request of the complainant.

Please call (902) 494-6672 or email to schedule a meeting with an Advisor.


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

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.

  • SANE is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • SANE serves people of all genders (including trans-identified people) and all ages who have experienced a sexual assault in the past seven days (168 hours).

How to Access the SANE Program:

  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; or
  3. Call the Avalon SANE business line (902-422-6503) during Avalon Centre office hours.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of resources related to sexualized violence that may be useful. We will continue to add to this list as we become aware of more useful resources available. If you have resources that you would like to add to this collection, please email us.

Campus Supports

Human Rights & Equity Services Lyndsay Anderson, Advisor, Sexualized Violence

Security Services

DalSAFE is a mobile app providing quick and easy access to Security Services, Text to Dispatch, Safe Walk, Mobile BlueLight, campus maps and many other resources to enhance personal safety.

Dalhousie Employee & Family Assistance Program (for employees - accessed through DalOnline)

Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre (for students)

DSU Survivor Support Centre (Sexual Assault & Harassment Phone Line is available 12pm-12am, 7-days a week. Call or text 902-425-1066.)

Ombudsperson (independent and impartial support)

South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre

Union or employee group (for employees)

Off-Campus Supports

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

Antigonish Women's Resource Centre

Colchester Sexual Assault Centre (provides up to 12 individual counselling sessions for those impacted by sexual violence; free of charge.)

Nova Scotia Health Resources & Tools

The People's Councelling Clinic (currently accepting intakes for individual counselling for a range of issues; most services are free)

ManTalk with The People's Counselling Clinic (currently accepting intakes for the ManTalk Group)

New Start Counselling (free counselling for men who experienced sexual assault)

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Halifax