All services are provided by registered nurses. The services include, but are not limited to:
- Crisis support
- Assessment and documentation and of injuries/ assault history
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- Emergency contraceptive options
- Testing for drugs that may have been used to commit the assault
- Assessment of risk and safety planning
- Referral to community resources
If you choose to involve the police:
- We will carefully collect and document the necessary evidence for release and analysis
Counselling services at SA/DVCC are available for women, men and trans people over the age of 16, who have been sexually assaulted or who have experienced intimate partner violence. Clients who are currently experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship, as well as clients who are no longer in the intimate relationship, can access this counselling service.
Counselling services are provided at no cost to clients.
During the therapeutic process, support and education are provided to clients to explore the impacts of violence and trauma as well as strategies for coping. In response to clients’ identified needs during counselling, and in preparation for ending with the service, we provide referrals to community agencies or other programs within the hospital. We also engage in advocacy (within limits) with clients, as needed.
We provide counselling using a feminist, anti-oppressive, narrative framework in which the client and therapist work collaboratively around the issues brought to therapy. This means that we recognize and respect that individuals are the experts of their own lives
Together we work with our clients to support and promote informed decisions. This also means that at SA/DVCC, we believe that everyone who comes for service has well developed skills and strengths for survival, growth and change. Therapeutic modalities used within this framework include: Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Description of Therapeutic Modalities
The counsellors at SA/DVCC use various therapeutic modalities in recognition that everyone is individual and has unique experiences and thus will have very unique ways of healing from experiences of violence. The following are brief descriptions of some of the more unique therapeutic modalities that are utilized by the counsellors at SA/DVCC. A client may find this information helpful as she/he makes their decision about coming to counselling and the kinds of counselling they may wish to engage in. Each counsellor will be able to provide their clients with more information and answers to questions they may have about using any of the following as modes of healing.
Outreach and Research
Our program is committed to reaching out and building relationships with community partners in order to:
- increase awareness about sexual assault and intimate partner abuse.
- develop ways to address these issues.
We are also involved in research to help increase understanding of the issues and impact of sexual assault and intimate partner abuse.
You may also find the following resources of interest:
Online Care Package
Access our online care package for additional self-care resources on:
- Important Numbers (24-hour Access and Resources)
- Sexual Violence
- Possible Impacts of Sexual Violence
- Self Care
- Relaxation Techniques
- Coping with Flashbacks, Intense Anxiety and/or Panic Through Grounding
- Sleep Disturbances and Nightmares
- A Word to Friends and Families