Updates & News

Barriers to Accessing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence in NS

By Ann de Ste Croix | November 17, 2022

While there have been important legal strides made to protect women and children experiencing domestic violence over the years, such as the recent amendments to the Divorce Act, there remain numerous barriers to accessing justice for survivors of violence. For victims, these barriers show up almost immediately when navigating the various systems that step in … Read more

VACANCY: Finance Administrator

By Ann de Ste Croix | September 26, 2022

Legislation, education, everyday actions can foster a culture of consent

By Ann de Ste Croix | September 20, 2022

We do not live in a culture of consent. I was reminded of this fact when scrolling through the comments of a news article criticizing the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that maintains that “stealthing”, the act of pretending to use a condom, or removing one prior to sex, without the partner’s … Read more

Nova Scotian Podcast About Domestic Violence Wins International Award

By Ann de Ste Croix | August 5, 2022

August 5th 2022: Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotian podcast series by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS), Somebody Must Say these Things, has gained international recognition from the Purple Ribbon Award. The awards are organized by Theresa’s Fund and DomesticShelters.org to honor the countless heroes of the domestic violence movement, including advocates, … Read more

OPINION: Victim Blaming Normalizes Violence Against Women

By Ann de Ste Croix | July 15, 2022

  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.

THANS AGM 2021-2022

By Ann de Ste Croix | June 20, 2022

THANS AGM 27 June 2022, 6 pm Please email coordinator@thans.ca for details on joining.

Harbour House, Bridgewater- Seeking Executive Director

By Ann de Ste Croix | May 11, 2022

Harbour House is hiring a seasoned Executive Director to oversee, lead, and manage the operations of the shelter and its programs on-site in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The ED is accountable to the Board of Directors of the Association, ensuring that all activities and programs are carried in a way that increases independence, promotes self-sufficiency and … Read more

Written Brief for the Study on Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence in Canada

By Ann de Ste Croix | April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022: The Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) and community partners submitted a brief on Intimate Partner Violence to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on the Status of Women, on behalf of the Metro Interagency Committee on Family Violence. This Brief focuses on 4 key areas for preventing IPV in Canada … Read more

THANS Statement in Response to Halifax Examiner

By Ann de Ste Croix | March 23, 2022

March 23, 2022: As an umbrella association of violence-against-women organizations in the province, the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) feels compelled to respond to the Halifax Examiner’s article titled “Cheating and beating: the tragic lead-up to the Portapique massacre” dated March 22, 2022. We believe that there is no such thing as an … Read more

THANS Statement on Mass Casualty Commissions’ Foundational Documents

By Ann de Ste Croix | February 22, 2022

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 … Read more