This year to mark International Women’s Day, Melanie Auld Jewelry is donating 100% of the net proceeds from our Monday, March 8th sales to WAVAW. WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre is a non-profit charitable organization that formed in 1982 in response to the high demand for support services for survivors of sexual assault. Over the past 37 years, WAVAW has grown from a one-woman operated crisis line to the largest rape crisis centre in British Columbia.
WAVAW’s Victim Services Program provides both immediate crisis and long-term support services to survivors of sexualized violence. The Victim Services team is currently supporting a caseload of more than 300 active files and the 24-hour crisis line receives more than 2,800 calls each year. Beyond the crisis line, WAVAW’s services include:
- Hospital accompaniment to survivors who are seeking medical attention at Vancouver General Hospital. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Support, accompaniment, information and referrals to survivors engaging with the criminal justice system.
- One-to-one counselling and support groups which provide tools for survivors to reconnect with themselves and rebuild their lives.
- Inclusion programs which recognize the need to make support available to cis and trans women, Two-Spirit, trans and/or non-binary people.
- Community outreach in schools and workplaces which educate on the root causes of gender-based violence.
Changes since COVID-19
As an organization that provides direct services, WAVAW has had to move quickly to leverage technology and adapt resources to offer as many services as possible over phone and video platforms.
Survivors of sexualized violence are dealing with isolation which can exacerbate trauma responses and can increase anxiety and depression. WAVAW is currently supporting survivors who are in isolation with their abusers, survivors who have to hide their gender identity from unsupportive family members while in quarantine, and survivors who are experiencing diminished community connection. The need for WAVAW’s support services is more urgent than ever.
As a female lead organization, we at Melanie Auld Jewelry feel it is important to support causes like WAVAW that work tirelessly to help women in our communities. This International Women’s Day, we encourage you to treat yourself to some jewels while knowing that you are also contributing to the amazing work that WAVAW does.
If you would like more information on WAVAW and to learn how to get involved in the work they do, please visit WAVAW.CA