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Family/Domestic Violence Services and Resources

Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

Family Violence Prevention Program (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

Justice Canada’s Family Violence Initiative

Legal Information Society of NS - family law information in multiple languages, including a brochure about domestic violence for newcomers

Nova Scotia’s Domestic Violence Action Plan

Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Resource Centre

Native Women's Association of Canada - violence prevention and safety

Stop Family Violence - Public Health Agency of Canada

Directories (Publications of National Clearing House on Family Violence)

Directory of Services and Programs for Abused Men in Canada

Canada’s Treatment Programs for Men who Abuse their Partners

Transition Houses and Shelters for Abused Women in Canada

Directory of Services for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse


Transition Houses for Women

Transition House Association of Nova Scotia 
(902) 429-7287

Autumn House (Wheelchair accessible)
(902) 667-1344 or (902) 667-1200 (Crisis line)

Harbour House (Wheelchair accessible)
(902) 543-3665, (902) 543-3999 (Crisis line),
Outreach 543-9970, toll-free 1-800-543-3999

Juniper Outreach
(902) 245-4789 or toll-free at 1-800-266-4087

Bryony House (Wheelchair accessible,
bilingual staff as required)
(902) 429-9002, (902) 422-7650 (Crisis line)
Outreach (902) 429-9001

Chrysalis House
(902) 679-6544, (902) 679-1922 (Crisis line),
Outreach 679-1155, Toll-free 1-800-264-8682

New Glasgow:
Tearmann Society (Wheelchair accessible)
Crisis line (902) 752-0132
Office (902) 752-1633
Outreach (902) 752-2591, Toll-free 1- 888-831-0330

Port Hawkesbury: 
Leeside Transition House (Wheelchair accessible)
Crisis line (902) 625-2444 (902) 625-1990,
Outreach (902) 625-1106, Toll-free 1-800-565-3390

Cape Breton Transition House
Outreach Program 562-3045, Toll-free 1-800-563-2945

Third Place (Wheelchair accessible)
Crisis line (902) 893-3232, Office (902) 893-4844
Outreach (902) 895-9740, Toll-free 1-800-565-4878

Juniper House
Crisis line 742-8689, Office 742-4473
Outreach 742-0231, Toll-free 1-800-266-4087

Second Stage Housing
Second stage housing offers safe and affordable housing for abused women and their children. You can also contact through your local transition house.

Naomi Society
(902) 863-3807

Alice Housing
(902) 466-8459

New Glasgow:
Pictou County Second Stage Housing
(902) 928-0970

Cape Breton Transition House
(902) 562-4190

Welkaqanik Next Step Shelter (Priority to Aboriginal women)
(902) 895-1738


Shelters for Men and Women

Shelter Nova Scotia
(902) 406-3631


Adsum House
(For homeless women and children)
(902) 429-4443 or (902) 423-4443

Barry House (Emergency shelter for homeless women and children at risk)
(902) 422-8324

Metro Turning Point (for men)
(902) 420-3282

Out of the Cold (emergency winter shelter for men and women)
(end of November – May 1st)
(902) 225-0770

Phoenix Youth Services (ages 16 – 24)
(902) 446-4663 or toll-free 1 888 878-5088

Salvation Army Centre of Hope (for men)
(902) 422-2363  


Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs

Amherst/Cumberland County:
New Directions
(902) 667-1344

Bridgewater/Lunenburg and Queens Counties (Western Nova Scotia): 
Family Service Western Nova Scotia
(902) 543-7444

New Start Counselling
(902) 423-4675

Sydney/Cape Breton Island:
Second Chance
(902) 567-0979 or toll-free 1-855-567-0979 (Sydney) (Port Hawkesbury)

Truro/Colchester and East Hants counties:
(902) 897-6665

Westville/New Glasgow, Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough Counties:
New Leaf
(902) 396-2440

Last updated on May 13, 2020 - 4:06pm