Dee Dooley

Community Development Specialist; Sexual Violence Advisor and Sessional Instructor, Department of Criminology, Saint Mary's University

Gender-based violence (GBV), sexual violence, education, prevention, systemic advocacy, social policy and legislation, justice, community engagement



Dee Dooley is a feminist socio-legal researcher and community development specialist with expertise in gender-based violence and legal education. She is the Sexual Violence Advisor and a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Criminology at Saint Mary's University. Previously, Dooley was the Coordinator of Community/Legal Education and Training at Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, where she worked with youth, community organizations, service providers, and governments on various sexual violence prevention, intervention, and awareness initiatives. Dooley has over ten years of experience with violence prevention and community development programming with women, youth, and LGBTQ communities. She holds degrees in sociology, gender studies, and criminology where her research focused on the criminalization of women survivors of intimate partner violence. Dooley is an advocate for social justice and supporting young feminists to become changemakers in their communities. She was a recipient of the 2015 Governor General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and YWCA Canada’s 2018 Ann Mowat Outstanding Young Woman Award.


  • gender-based violence (GBV)
  • sexual violence
  • education
  • prevention
  • systemic advocacy
  • social policy and legislation
  • justice
  • community engagement