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.
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.”