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PostedFebruary 11, 2021
The COVID-19 Pandemic has added another level of complexity to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse as many are forced to quarantine with their abusers. Host Victoria Emslie speaks with Dalya Israel, Executive Director of WAVAW Rape Crisis centre on the “pandemic within the pandemic” and how they have responded to this unexpected crisis.
Dalya shares how they have innovated, where they are going and what they are doing to continue their frontline victim services and educational programs to achieve their mission of a future free from sexual violence.
If you would like to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse watch WAVAW’s webinar Sexual Violence and COVID-19: Navigating Our Way Back to an Unsafe World. Please use the passcode “[email protected]” to access the webinar recording. You can also learn more and support WAVAW on their website here: www.wavaw.ca
Dalya was appointed Executive Director of the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre in February 2019, after managing WAVAW’s Victims Services, Volunteer, Inclusion and Outreach Program; a position she held since 2012. She started her journey with WAVAW in 2005 as the Victim Service Medical Support Worker.
Dalya was the principal contributor in WAVAW’s ground-breaking paper “Seeking Equality before the Courts for Women.” She delivered the findings of the paper at multiple conferences attended by Justice System Personnel, such as the 2012 FREDA Conference and the 2014 BC Justice Summit. Dalya has presented at multiple National and International Conferences and is part of the Gender Equality Network of Canada. Dalya presents regularly at many local professional developments days to share best practices for responding to victims/survivors of sexual assault. Dalya is dedicated to amplifying survivor’s voices and ensuring that WAVAW is a place that will support them on their self-determined journeys towards healing and Justice.
Victoria Emslie is a Manager, External Relations at Nicola Wealth. As a primary link between Nicola Wealth and our communities, Victoria cultivates a comprehensive approach to the advancement of the firm’s priorities and promotes Nicola Wealth’s reputation as a trusted wealth counsel firm and top employer.
View her full bio here: https:nicolawealth.local/our-team/victoria-emslie/
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