This year to mark International Women’s Day, Melanie Auld Jewelry is donating 100% of the net proceeds from our Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, 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 recognizes the need to make support available to people of all marginalized genders, including Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people.
· Community outreach in schools and workplaces which educate on the root causes of gender-based violence.
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 WAWVA 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