THANS Statement on Mass Casualty Commissions’ Foundational Documents

Kjipuktuk/Halifax, February 22, 2022: Earlier today, the Mass Casualty Commission, the independent public inquiry into the April 2020 Nova Scotia mass casualty, released its first set of Foundational Documents. The release of these documents marks the beginning of its public proceedings. The Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) has participated in the inquiry as an advocate for those experiencing domestic violence and to examine the role of gender-based violence in what happened leading up to, during, and after the mass casualty of April 18 and 19, 2020. These events have demonstrated that gender-based violence has far-reaching impacts, both within the home and the community.

As a non-profit umbrella association of violence-against-women organizations, THANS’ role is to support women experiencing the effects of domestic violence across the province. As the inquiry unfolds, THANS understands that for many women in our province this may be a difficult time. We recognize that the topics covered in the Foundational Documents may be triggering to those who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing overwhelming emotions, distress, or a mental health crisis, we are here to help.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call or text the provincial toll-free line at:

1-855-225-0220 (Available 24/7)

Please visit our website at to find a shelter located in your area. You can also visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is for all ages and you can call for yourself or because you have concern for someone else. Please call at:

1-888-429-8167 (Available 24/7)

For emergencies please call 911.