Battling burnout and isolation, Labrador groups unite to tackle sexual violence

By Sarah Smellie THE CANADIAN PRESS HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.- As burnout and high turnover plague groups that work to combat violence against women across Canada, community organizations in Labrador are trying to buck the trend. They have begun holding regular meetings in an effort to ease the emotional strain of working alone in far-flung communities, in a region with unique challenges and high rates of sexual assault. The effort has resulted in higher spirits, more hope and plans for a new counselling centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. “This is kind of like the aftercare that we all need as service providers,” said Nicole Dicker, who runs Nain Safe House, the women’s shelter in the community of about 1,100 people on Labrador’s north coast. “We can be alone together.”…

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