Freedom from Violence

In Nova Scotia, one woman in 12 faces violence from an intimate partner, boyfriend or husband. Here in Nova Scotia and around the world, women need to feel safe and free from all forms of violence, including

  • psychological/emotional abuse

  • financial abuse

  • sexual abuse

  • physical abuse

The Advisory Council works with other government departments, women’s and community agencies, anti-violence organizations, and other provincial and territorial status of women organizations to reduce violence against women and girls at home, at work and in the community.

We inform and educate the public about women’s personal safety and freedom from violence, through publications like Making Changes, a Handbook for Women in Abusive Relationships, 9th ed. / Changer pour le mieux: Un livre pour les femmes victimes de violence - Cinquieme édition (Révisée) and through public events, like the December 6 commemorative event we hold each year at Province House.

The prevention of domestic violence is a priority for the Advisory Council.  The advisory council has developed a resource centre for those affected.  Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Resource Center contains sections on getting help, how to help, information for medical professionals, researchers, and an extensive list of transition houses and organizations that offer support to those affected by domestic violence.  We encourage you to visit this site to learn more about domestic violence, and what resources Nova Scotia offers.

For more information, visit the links below: 

Cyberbullying resources

Cyberbullying and Cybersafety Resources

Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence Information for Newcomers to Canada

YWCA December 6th Fund
The fund provides non-interest bearing micro-loans and individualized support to women who wish to flee domestic violence but are compelled to stay for reasons of financial instability, life skills, and barriers to sufficient housing and/or self-sustainability. It reduces the number of homeless women & families in Halifax & works to end violence against women.
Read more here.

Envisioning Equal Justice Project: 3 strategies

Equal Justice: Balancing the Scales

Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2010

Human Trafficking

Learning to End Abuse (Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women, Ontario)

Men’s Attitudes and Behaviours Toward Violence Against Women
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters, March 12, 2012

Neighbours, Friends and Families

Sexual Violence

Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS)
Find a Shelter (THANS)

VAW Research and Resources 

UNITE Campaign

Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Action Plan Update 2012
La violence familiale Plan d’action (update) 2012

Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Action Plan 2010
La violence familiale Plan d’action 2010