Learning how to care for ourselves and each other during the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that are safe is a challenge that all of us are experiencing.
For those of us on healing paths or experiencing new hardship, this self and community care is crucial.
Watch our video with VSAC counsellor Shadi and Inclusion Coordinator Lane as they discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has been impacting healing for those who have experienced sexualized violence, and what we can do about it to help ourselves and our communities heal together.
We are here for survivors.
Our counsellors and support workers are ready to provide essential support services to survivors who need us now.
Our immediate crisis response, including medical exams and emotional support for recent survivors, continues to be available through the Sexual Assault Response Team. This program is offered at our Clinic away from emergency rooms where our forensic nurse examiners and SART volunteers continue to practice physical distancing. Counselling and justice system support is being provided virtually and by phone.
We provide non-judgmental support and options. We respect your confidentiality and choice at each step.
If you have been recently assaulted: Access our 24-hour Sexual Assault Response Team service by calling the Vancouver Island Crisis Line (1-888-494-3888) and requesting to speak to a VSAC Sexual Assault Support Worker.
For immediate emotional support call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line (1-888-494-3888) and/or if you have health concerns call HealthLink BC at 811 or your health care provider.
While the pandemic touches all our lives, there is a need to support those impacted by sexualized violence. Please consider donating to support survivors during this extraordinary time.
You can make a one-time gift or sign up for a monthly donation through our secure online page. Thank you for your generosity.