THANS works to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia.

The Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) is an umbrella association of Violence-Against-Women organizations across the province.

We offer a range of services and supports to women and their families experiencing violence:

  • Access to free 24/7 communal shelter and basic necessities
  • Crisis lines
  • Advocacy and court accompaniment
  • Counseling and outreach services

THANS does not provide frontline service to individual clients. People needing support should either call or text the provincial toll-free line 1-855-225-0220, available 24/7 or their local shelter organization. If you are in an emergency situation, call 911.

Creating Communities of Care

Creating Communities of Care

Supporting the awareness and work raised around Afican-Nova Scotian and Indigenous women experiencing violence and abuse in Halifax.

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HIFIS: a National Picture

HIFIS aims to prevent and reduce homelessness by increasing knowledge and understanding of homelessness issues across Canada.

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For Neighbours, Friends, Families & Co-Workers

How to help as a trusted individual to someone experiencing violence.

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Women's Shelter Canada

THANS is part of the Women's Shelter Canada network. This is a fantastic National resource.

Map of Resources

THANS and our member organization receive core operational funding from the Province of Nova Scotia. Check out this resource map from our government partners, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.


Updates & News

THANS works with communities and all levels of government. We raise public awareness and funding for projects and initiatives in line with our mandate of working to eliminate violence against women.

Tearmann Society is Searching for its new Executive Director

By Shiva Nourpanah | May 4, 2021

Executive Director Job Posting May 2021 TEARMANN SOCIETY FOR ABUSED WOMEN P.O. Box 153, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, B2H 5E2 Executive Director This is an exciting opportunity to live, work and make a difference play in a vibrant community with a strong spirit, diverse character, and natural beauty. Tearmann Society for Abused Women, a feminist … Read more

Choking and Strangulation in the Context of Domestic Violence

By Shiva Nourpanah | April 30, 2021

Choking and strangulation is a particular form of physical assault carrying high risk of brain injury and death. Women are disproportionately the victims of choking and strangulation, with research indicating that lower-income, younger women have more frequently suffered this form of assault. In the context of domestic violence, the occurrence of choking and strangulation between … Read more

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Shiva Nourpanah | April 19, 2021

Across Nova Scotia, the members of Transition House Association of Nova Scotia support sexual assault survivors in their local communities by offering them a safe place to stay, counseling, and accompaniment to health or legal services. While anyone may suffer a sexual assault, women and girls are the most frequent victims. Sexual assault isn’t only … Read more

Support and Services to Transgender Women

By Shiva Nourpanah | March 10, 2021

  Supports and Services for Transgender Women Experiencing Violence A Position Paper by Veronica Merryfield Canada has a global reputation in implementing legislation to protect the rights of minorities, such as people with gender identities and expressions who do not follow stereotypical views of how men and women should look like and behave. However, transgender … Read more

Transition houses never wind down, close for holidays for victims of domestic violence

By Shiva Nourpanah | December 26, 2020

read the full op-ed in the Chronicle Herald: SHIVA NOURPANAH: Transition houses never wind down, close for holidays for victims of domestic violence | Local-Perspectives | Opinion | The Chronicle Herald

Call for Expressions of Interest

By Shiva Nourpanah | December 18, 2020

Are you a vibrant, creative, smart media production company with a passion for social projects? Do you care about social causes which serve some of the most vulnerable people in our communities? Then we have a project for you! We are looking for a company which can deliver a suite of professional media products and … Read more

The Reality of Violence Against Women

There is no place for violence in any relationship at any time. Not at home, at work, at school or in public. It is never justified.

Abusers often blame other people or things for their violence, such their children, frustration, work pressures, or their own upbringing. Many abusers say their victim provokes them to be violent.

No one can cause another person to be violent.

Women who live with abuse may:

  • Feel shameful and may want to keep the abuse secret.
  • Feel like they are crazy and that there is something wrong within themselves.
  • Feel powerless to change or improve their situation.
  • Fear of reprisal from the abuser.
  • Doubt their own judgement or wonder if they are to blame.
  • Feel increasingly depressed, trapped, and powerless.

Barriers to leaving abuse:

  • Lack of affordable housing.
  • No one will believe her about the abuse.
  • Fear of losing their children.
  • False belief that they will loose everything.
  • Knowledge that the law gives them little protection.
  • False belief that they are responsible for the abuse.
  • He says he’s sorry and won’t do it again.
  • False belief that he’s a good father despite the children hearing or witnessing his abuse.
  • still love their partner.
  • Partner’s threats of suicide if she leaves.
  • Isolation from family and friends.

We all have a right to:

  • Not to be abused.
  • To freedom from fear of abuse.
  • To request and expect assistance from the police and social agencies.
  • To leave an abusive environment.
  • To privacy.
  • To legally prosecute my abusing spouse.
  • Not to be perfect.
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Your donations will benefit families in crisis, in particular women and children who are in unsafe situations. Provide meals and basic necessities, holiday and group programming. Proper equipment and furniture to run a shelter, and staffing. Donations are used to support us with all these and much more!