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.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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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.
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!