About Us

Anova, formerly Women’s Community House and Sexual Assault Centre London, operates 2 Emergency Shelters, a 25-unit Second Stage rent-geared-to-income apartment building for abused women and their children, a 24-hour Helpline, Family Court Support, Transitional Outreach, Counseling and Support Services for people affected by abuse and sexual violence. Our services have been serving the London, Ontario community since 1987.

Anova: A future without violence

We believe an inclusive world of shared power where everyone lives freely without fear of violence is possible. We are working to create change to eliminate patriarchal patterns that result in gender-based sexual violence and inequality.

Anova was formed by the merger and unification between London’s Women’s Community House and Sexual Assault Centre London, to provide improved services to our community.

Drawn from the Latin word for “new,” Anova is a fitting name. This new organization combines 40 years of history from each organization.

Anova provides safe places, shelter, support, counselling, and resources for abused women, their children, and all oppressed individuals to find a new start.

All of the services available through Women’s Community House and Sexual Assault Centre London will still be available with improvements, including improved accessibility, streamlined service, more service options at our four sites, improved services for children, enhanced sexual violence and prevention work for youth, and an integrated 24-hour helpline.

We believe a future without violence is possible.

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Our History

On June 22, 2016, at a joint board of directors meeting of Women’s Community House (WCH) and Sexual Assault Centre London (SACL), both boards unanimously agreed to become one organization with the goal of “making every door the right door” for the London community.

Women’s Community House and Sexual Assault Centre London officially merged on November 1, 2016. After careful consideration and consultations with staff, the unified board chose to name the new organization, “Anova.”

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Annual Statistics

(reported for fiscal year 2016-2017)

Total Shelter Residents: 564

Number of Women: 371

Number of Children: 193

Women & Children Referred Elsewhere: 123

Helpline Calls: 5501

Walk-ins: 1151

Tenants at Second Stage Housing (SSH): 32 women/51 children

Transitional Outreach Clients (TOP): 458

Family Court Support Program: 224

Community Group Program: 42 children/18 moms

Volunteer Program: over 5,053 impactful hours


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Staff and Volunteers

All of our staff members and volunteers receive specialized training in violence awareness and related issues. As well, staff members participate in ongoing professional development to ensure they are up-to-date on developments in such fields as legislation that affects abused women, diversity and developing safety plans. Staff participate in research projects around the incidence and impact of abuse, on types of abuse, system navigation, and other issues that focus on the well-being of families. Anova staff provide public education about the incidence and impact of abuse, the services Anova has to offer and safety planning to schools, service clubs and other organizations or groups.

Board Members

Join our Board

From time to time, Board positions open up at Anova. If you are interested in being a part of the Board, or know someone who may be an asset to our organization, we would like to hear from you.

For Board inquiries please contact Kate Wiggins, Executive Director or Marie Nother, Executive Assistant.

Our current Board of Directors as for 2016-2017 is as follows:

Shannon Wilson  - Chair
Account Executive Service, Group Retirement Services
Great West Life

Kerry McGladdery Dent - Vice Chair
Siskinds LLP

Susan McGugan - Treasurer/Secretary
Vice President Finance

Janet Izumi
Community Representative

Julie White
Community Representative

Karen Bellehumeur
Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Jellinek Law Office

Katrina Fortner
Brand & Communications Strategist

Marie Fiedler
Western University, Student

Nikita Miller
Youth Mentorship Program Coordinator
London Cross Cultural Learner Centre

Wendy Leslie
Customer Service Representative
Faculty of Technology, Fanshawe College

Chantelle Lowes de Almeida
Staff Advisor to the Board

Kate Wiggins - Anova Officer
Executive Director

Research and Innovation

In 2000, the Southwestern Ontario Shelter Association published a document called “Knowing What We Do Best: Evaluating Shelter Services From the Perspective of Abused Women”. As a participating organization in this groundbreaking research, Women’s Community House has continued to be active in many research initiatives.