Supports for Adult Sexual Violence
Are you or someone you know experiencing sexualized violence? There is help, please reach out for support.
If you are in danger, please call 911 or your local police (contact numbers below).
To find supports you can call 211 or the Island Helpline 1-800-218-2885.
If you have experienced a sexual assault:
Emergency Departments: Emergency Department health care providers are trained to provide Enhanced Emergency Sexual Assault Services (EESAS). All patients reporting to an Emergency Department will be treated with respect, compassion and belief, and will be provided services to meet their health care needs (first option). In addition to receiving health care, at each hospital Emergency Department a person will also be given the option to have evidence collected to help any potential police investigation (second option).
When you consent to have evidence collected, you can choose Third Option and have the evidence collected at the Emergency Department and stored anonymously for up to one year. During that year, if you choose, you can reach out to police or Victim Services and give police permission to access this evidence.
Victim Services are available to help you. You do not need to make a complaint to police to contact Victim Services. If you choose to engage with the criminal justice system, Victim Services assists victims of crime throughout their involvement in the criminal justice system. Assistance is available to victims of crime anywhere on Prince Edward Island at no cost.
Charlottetown: Telephone: (902) 368‑4582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Summerside: Telephone: (902) 888‑8218 or email: email@example.com
You can call 911 to report to police. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You may also report directly to police:
- Charlottetown RCMP 902 368 9300
- Charlottetown RCMP (After hours) 902 566 7111
- Summerside RCMP 902 436 9300
- West Prince RCMP 902 853 9300
- Montague RCMP 902 838 9300
- Souris RCMP 902 687 9300
- Charlottetown Police Services 902 629 4172
- Summerside Police Services 902 432 1201
- Kensington Police Service 902 836 4499
You can also make a report to police with assistance from:
- a Hospital Emergency Department through the Enhanced Emergency Sexual Assault Services program,
- Victim Services Worker or the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Center
PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Center provides services to adults and youth of all genders over the age of 16 who are survivors of recent or historic sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, across Prince Edward Island. Services include individual therapy, support and information. They also manage a group program for male survivors.
Contact: 902-368-8055 or 1-888-368-8055 toll-free to request counselling services
If you need support and information:
RISE Programs offers free legal resources and support to people 16 years old and older who have experienced sexual violence or workplace sexual harassment.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Phone or text: 902-218-6143
- Up to four hours of free legal advice from a lawyer
- Plain language legal information
- Support navigating the justice system
- Referrals to other community services
Community Mental Health: Mental health walk-in clinics offer immediate mental health support to help with anxiety, as well as life events causing stress and other mental health issues. No appointment or referral is required. You will be able to see a registered mental health therapist for 45-60 minutes. There is no cost for this service.
Walk-in clinics are available throughout the province. Locations and times are available through this link:
If you need emergency shelter:
Anderson House provides emergency shelter for women and children who are in need of safety because of violence in their lives. Anderson House services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anderson House provides confidential support and information.
Contact: 902-892-0960 or 1-800-240-9894 toll-free
Chief Mary Bernard Shelter: A shelter for women in distress, women without housing, or for young mothers who need extra support. The shelter provides safe and supportive housing on Lennox Island to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and their children who are experiencing family violence.
Contact: 1-902-831-2332 or 1-855-297-2332 toll-free
Blooming House Shelter: Provides safe overnight shelter for women in the Charlottetown area, opened from 4 p.m. - to 8:00 a.m. 7 days a week.
For more information on services, please click on Information For People in an Abusive Relationship : A guide to finding services that can help you. This guide also provides helpful information for friends, families and neighbours who care.
Survey on sexual violence supports
The PEI government is creating a strategy for a coordinated approach to prevent and address harm associated with adult sexual violence in the province. As part of the strategy, individuals who experienced adult sexual violence and service providers who support them, are invited to complete an anonymous survey to gather information about:
- accessing support services on PEI;
- barriers to accessing support services;
- ways to improve access to support services.
The survey does not include any questions on personal experience with adult sexual violence and all responses are anonymous.