Over the next few years, government will work with community organizations and groups to build a provincial plan to break the harmful cycles of domestic violence in our homes, workplaces and communities. The plan, called Standing Together, will be informed by learning, innovation and evidence.

Domestic violence affects many Nova Scotians and can happen in any relationship. Evidence shows that women are the primary victims and men are the primary perpetrators. In Nova Scotia, 77% of the victims of domestic violence are women. These threats to women’s safety can affect their health, social and economic well-being and that of their children and families.

A collaborative approach

Standing Together is a commitment to work with community organizations, groups and experts to prevent domestic violence, help victims and develop better supports.

The goals of Standing Together are to:

  • prevent domestic violence by disrupting cycles of violence and ensuring that Nova Scotians are better prepared to develop healthy, violence-free relationships
  • support victims of domestic violence with an improved system of programs that help them rebuild their lives and prevent violence in the future
  • shift policies and interventions so support systems better respond to people’s needs, understand and promote gender equality, and address barriers facing the most vulnerable Nova Scotians

Learning and innovation

Government is investing in learning and innovation. Community groups and organizations will test new, innovative ideas and explore best practices for preventing domestic violence, supporting victims, and ultimately changing outcomes for women, girls, families and communities.

During this phase, grants will be available to help organizations do this. The learning and evidence gathered through this work will help build the best plan for Nova Scotia.

Twenty-four organizations received Standing Together grants in spring 2019. See the full  list of projects that received grants.

Apply for a grant

Applications for the second round of Standing Together grants are now open. Community organizations and groups are invited to apply with creative, innovative ideas for how to provide better supports, prevent domestic violence, and respond earlier when it does happen. There are two types of grants now available through Standing Together:

  • Connect Grants will provide up to $25,000 for up to 12 months to bring people together to develop learning and teaching tools and tell the story of how groups are working to prevent and disrupt cycles of violence. These projects would conclude by 31 March 2021.
  • Shift Grants will provide up to $75,000 for up to 24 months to explore, develop and test new ideas for preventing domestic violence and supporting victims. These projects would conclude by 31 March 2022.

For more information on how to apply, visit the application page. The deadline for applications is 4 March 2020.

Supports for victims and families

We’re committed to ensuring Nova Scotians get the support they need and can develop relationships free of violence. Government has introduced initiatives including domestic violence court programs in Halifax and Sydney, and legal changes that let victims of domestic violence take leave from work without fear of losing their jobs. We’re also investing in shelter infrastructure and second-stage housing to increase options for women leaving violence and rebuilding their lives.

Get help

If you are or have experienced domestic abuse, you’re not alone. There’s help available to you.

  • If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.
  • If you need help or information about abuse, you can call the 24-hour toll-free line at 1-855-225-0220
  • To connect with community resources in Nova Scotia, call 211 or visit their website.