Grant recipients 2020: Standing Together Domestic Violence Grants

These organizations and projects received Standing Together Domestic Violence Grants in spring 2020.

Standing Together grants help community groups and organizations develop and test new ways to prevent domestic violence, support victims and their families, and share the story of what they are learning about how to address this complex issue.

Government will use the learning and evidence gathered from these projects to inform the best plan for ending the cycle of domestic violence in Nova Scotia.

In spring 2020, 18 organizations received Standing Together grants. There are 2 types of grants:

  • Standing Together Domestic Violence Connect Grants provide up to $25,000 over one year for projects that bring people together to develop learning and teaching tools and ways to tell the story of how groups are working to prevent and disrupt cycles of violence.
  • Standing Together Domestic Violence Shift Grants provide up to $75,000 over two years to help organizations explore, develop and test new and innovative ideas for preventing domestic violence and supporting victims and their families.

For a full list of 2019 Standing Together grant recipients, click here.

Connect Grants

Association of Black Social Workers

Black vs. Justice: Black Women Stand Up (Documentary)

This video documentary will explore how Kitchen Table Talks are an effective way to address and prevent gender-based violence in the African Nova Scotian community. Women in the community will share their experiences with sexualized and domestic violence. The work of organizations involved with the justice system, including victim support workers, social workers, health professionals, and education stakeholders, will also be highlighted.

Piktukewaq Women’s Association

Going Back to Basics: Family Life, Preventing Domestic Violence
Pictou Landing First Nation

Through monthly activities for women, men, and families that involve learning new skills and encouraging social interaction, this program will help prevent domestic violence by building self-confidence, healthy relationships, and a stronger support network in the community.

Saint Mary’s University Counselling Centre

Changing the Narrative for Boys and Men

This short film will show the importance of working with young men in the community, focusing on helping them gain the skills and tools to be healthier in all areas of their lives. The film will feature discussions about masculinity and healthy relationships with participants in the Man|Made program at Saint Mary’s University.

Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County

Connecting Sexual Health Matters in Nova Scotia

The project will share knowledge with educators and partners about how they can engage youth using new approaches to sexual health education and use social media as an intervention tool to prevent violence. It will involve sharing components of the current school-based classroom program with educators, partners, and youth through online presentations, discussion guides, and videos.

St. Francis Xavier University

Guys’ Work 7/8: Gendered Healthy Living Classes
Nova Scotia

Schools across five Regional Centres for Education will be implementing Healthy Living classes and groups for male identified youth in grades 7 and 8. The next phase of the project will involve sharing the results with facilitators and community organizations to discuss lessons learned, facilitator experiences, and how the work can continue to move forward effectively.

Victim Services Volunteer Association (HRP)

Connecting to Coordinate: Working with Victims AND Offenders in High Risk DV Cases

The Domestic Violence Offender Navigator (DVON) Pilot Project is working with offenders in high risk domestic violence cases who accept responsibility for their actions to provide support and navigation. The project builds on the DVON Pilot and will engage with service providers to discuss how a coordinated response to high risk domestic violence can work with both the victim and the accused receiving intervention from a police-based program.

YWCA Halifax

When the Roof Falls In: How violence destabilizes women’s housing

The project involves investigating, and subsequently sharing, how transitional and market housing for women experiencing homelessness can be undone because of domestic violence. Learning from participant stories, the work will inform housing providers on how domestic violence affects housing and seek solutions to the issue of housing destabilization caused by violence.

Shift Grants

Adsum Association for Women & Children

Unlocking Hope: A Housing First Approach to Supporting Survivors of Family Violence

The project will develop and implement a trauma-informed Housing First model to address the lack of safe housing as a reason why survivors stay in abusive relationships. It will help families who experience domestic violence as they work toward self-determination and reconnection. The project will work closely with key community partners, such as landlords, to build an understanding of the inherent risks for families experiencing domestic violence.

Alice House

The Community Connection: Alice on the Go

The project will provide additional support and accessible educational prevention programming to community organizations in HRM who work directly with women and families impacted by domestic violence. The project will enhance the current program to help families who have not reached out for support, and who may not have an in-depth understanding of how abuse can present itself in relationships.

Be the Peace Institute

GBV System: Community of Practice
Nova Scotia

The project involves creating a Community of Practice for organizations across the sector to work together to shift the major root causes of gender-based violence. The Community of Practice will be an innovation lab that will provide an infrastructure for learning, knowledge exchange, shared sense-making, and strengthening of organizations’ collective capacity for transformational change in preventing gender-based violence.

Bridges Institute

Truro and Colchester Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Coordinator
Truro, Colchester

Working closely with police, the new Truro Colchester Domestic Violence High Risk Team Coordinator will support people who are accused of using domestic violence while holding them responsible and accountable, and offer counselling supports to both the accused and the victims. The coordinator will also support the accused to access and obtain the support he needs to be successful on his journey to stopping his abuse.

Coverdale Courtwork Society

Love is Not Abuse

Designed to inspire individual and systemic change toward healthier relationships using both real and fictional stories, this project draws on the motivating power of texts to build reading, writing, and analysis skills.  This learning tool will help students understand, and develop tools for preventing and responding to, teen dating abuse, enabling them to reach out to provide support to their peers and promote healthier approaches to relationships.

Direction 180: Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre

HEIRS: Healthy Education for Interpersonal Relationship Skills

The project will offer peer-informed educational workshops about healthy relationships, domestic violence, boundary setting, and communication skills for people who use substances. Each workshop will provide adequate space to ensure safe and respectful discussion among participants. The project will help clients as they face barriers in accessing services due to stigma related to their substance use.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton

Integrating Trauma Recovery: Improving Domestic Violence Court Interventions

This project will transform the two court-mandated programs to include addressing the trauma that women who are charged in Domestic Violence Court often experience. It will integrate trauma-specific interventions to support women with traumatic experiences, relationship dysfunction, mental health issues, and criminality. As a result, the women will be better prepared to change their aggressive reactions, begin the trauma healing process, and seek out victim support services.

Heartwood Centre for Community Development

Reclaiming Our Roots: Land Based Learning and Community Stewardship

The Mi’kmaq led project will promote culturally relevant strength-based approaches to addressing domestic violence and fostering healthy relationships through land-based learning opportunities. Through mentorship and workshops, youth will embark on a journey of decolonization by reclaiming their confidence in traditional skills and developing a better understanding of self and their roles as stewards of the land.

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Promoting Healthy Relationships with Immigrant Families
Nova Scotia

The project will engage immigrants, with a special focus on men, to build better domestic violence prevention strategies that address the unique context newcomer families settling in Nova Scotia. Using adult education and trauma-informed principles, the project will introduce topics such as Canadian family laws, services in the community, and changing roles within newcomer families to help immigrant women and men reflect on, and explore, their identity and roles within their family in the settlement context and as it relates to their belief system and cultural values.

John Howard Society of Nova Scotia

Caring Dads: Prioritizing Mother & Child Safety
Nova Scotia

Focused on the intersection of domestic violence and fatherhood through a feminist, women-centred lens, this project will provide support and healing to fathers who have used violence, while holding them accountable, to keep women and children safe. Participants will receive a combination of interventions aimed at breaking the cycle of violence, including counselling supports from partnering organizations.

YMCA of Southwest Nova Scotia

It’s Your Choice: A Teen Dating and Peer violence Intervention and Prevention Program
Lunenburg County

Using a community-based intervention approach to address the issue of teen dating and peer violence, this project will focus on school-based inclusive peer facilitated programming, after school youth life skills, and adult support network training and workshops. The project will teach teens about positive intervention techniques and skills needed to be supportive first responders with friends and classmates who they may suspect are in abusive relationships or friendships.


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.