Strengthening Fathers

Strengthening Fathers is a community-based program that supports fathers to ensure the safety and well-being of children, partners and other family members. The focus of the program includes:
  • Providing fathers with the right services and supports at the right time to prevent family violence and repair harm
  • Understanding and addressing the root causes of family violence
  • Taking steps to strengthen well-being, prevent family violence and reduce risks
  • Addressing the use of violence, its impact, and ways to stop abuse and repair harm
Outcomes of Strengthening Fathers:

  • Families are safe and free from abuse and violence
  • Family members have safe and positive relationships
  • Responses to family violence reduce and prevent violence
  • Fathers are actively involved in safe, positive parenting
  • Families are engaged with their community and have supportive relationships outside the home
  • Families have access to supports to meet their basic needs and live safely

Available programming varies by location, programming may include:

  • Drop-in support
  • Linkages and referrals to community supports and services
  • Group-based programming
  • Clinical counselling (individual, group programs)


Pictou County Opportunity for Men Association (New Leaf)
PO Box 201 Westville, NS   B0K 2A0
Geographic area served: Antigonish, Guysborough and Pictou counties

Bridges Institute
2-670 Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 1G6
Tel: 902-897-6665
Fax: 902-897-0569
Geographic area served: Colchester and East Hants counties

Cumberland County Transition House Association (New Directions – Autumn House)
P.O. Box 1141, Amherst, Nova Scotia, B4H 4L2
Tel: 902-667-1344
Men's Services and Crisis Line: 902-667-4500 (24-hour, collect calls accepted)
Fax: 902-667-2768
Geographic area served: Cumberland County

New Start Society
45 Alderney Drive, Suite 900, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
Tel: (902) 423-4675
Fax: 902-431-3033
Geographic area served: Halifax Regional Municipality

Family Service of Western Nova Scotia (Freeman House)
P.O. Box 131, Bridgewater, NS   B4V 2L4
Tel: 902-543-7444
Toll-free: 1-877-882-7722
Fax: 902-543-0932
Geographic area served: Annapolis, Digby, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, West Hants, and Yarmouth counties

More information on services and supports related to Intimate Partner Violence are available at Intimate Partner Violence page.