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Tearmann House

Contact Us

Email: tearmann@ns.sympatico.ca
Mailing address: P.O. Box 153, New Glasgow, NS B2H 5E2
Administration phone: 928-0774
Shelter phone: 752-1633
Outreach phone: 752-2591
Childcare Counsellor phone: 755-6390
Fax: 928-0168

Tearmann House serves New Glasgow, Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough Counties.

About Us

The name TEARMANN comes from a Gaelic word meaning ‘refuge’. While members of the Tearmann Society engage in various activities in support of the victims of family violence, the most important role of Tearmann House is to be a safe place for abused women and their children.

Our Services:

  • shelter to women in physically, emotionally, and/or sexually abusive relationships
  • food, shelter, and basic personal needs for women and their children
  • a child care program which recognizes the children are in a crisis too and provides services to meet their needs
  • skilled and supportive staff to provide information, referrals, counselling, and support groups
  • shelter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to a 6 week maximum.
  • Tearmann House is Committed To:

    providing a safe, secure shelter to women and their children in physically/emotionally/sexually abusive relationships
    providing a supportive environment in which they may begin to regain control of their lives
    informing women of realistic alternatives available to them
    allowing women the opportunity to discuss, explore, and follow through on those alternatives
    helping women recognize that their opinions matters and their decisions will be respected

    Tearmann Outreach for Women, Children and Teens:

    Support groups

    a confidential, safe place to explore choices and learn new skills

    Support counselling

    in person or by phone, allowing women, children, and teens to be heard, ask questions, explore options, and make plans for their future


    on what happens because of abuse, women’s rights, safety, relationships, how to communicate feelings to to others, and services available in the community


    if requested, to other agencies such as schools, mental health, housing, recreation, etc.


    help gaining services from other agencies such as Legal Aid, Community Services, etc.

    Public education

    workshops and presentations are offered to community groups, organizations, boards, youth clubs, schools, and church groups to raise awareness of violence in our community.

    Through education and awareness, we can work together to stop future violence.

    If you would like to support the shelter through volunteer work or a donation, please contact us at:

    PO Box 153
    New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
    B2H 5E2