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Survivor Self Care: practicing self care in the justice system

May 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Engaging with the justice system after experiencing sexualized violence can be a complicated, retraumatizing, rewarding, and/or overwhelming process. There are multiple reasons why someone might decided whether or not to engage with this system, or how long after the assault to start the process. For people who do decide to engage with the criminal justice system, or people who are curious about the process, this workshop aims to provide a basic overview of what that might entail and an outline of steps one can take to practice self care and access community support while navigating the complexities of the legal system.

This workshop will not provide legal advice, but aims instead to look at ways for survivors accessing the criminal justice system to protect their mental health and wellbeing in the face of an extensive, potentially retraumatizing, legal process. We will be covering: what to expect in the steps and stages of the criminal justice process from reporting to police to trial; asset mapping; grounding; flags of burnout; and community care. We will also create our own personal self care plans.

Access Notes:
The main entrance to the space is up 2-steps from the sidewalk on Hollis St., however there is the mall entrance further down the block outside on the same street is always open during the day can be used for ground level entry. There is not a button to press on the door for it to open automatically but there will be signage available and a volunteer stationed down there to open the door if needed. There is an all genders wheelchair accessible washroom (1 toilet – down the hall and to the right) and gender neutral washroom stalls (3 toilets 1 urinal – up a set of 10 stairs and to the left). There will be some snacks and beverages available, active listeners present, and childcare available on request.

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Facilitator bios:
Carmella Farahbakhsh is a queer, mixed race, Baha’i, Iranian, non binary, femme weirdo. They enjoy their work at South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre as well as at Venus Envy. Carmella also collaborates and organizes with local initiatives with an aim to create wider QTBIPOC community and support systems within Halifax.

Frank Heimpel is a white, queer, non binary, femme, settler with a passion for justice, tenderness, and radical social change. They spend their days working as a community educator at Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and working with young folks at Youth Art Connection. They have worked on numerous projects that aim to address sexualized violence and gendered violence through art and community discussion.


May 17, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm