Who We Are
Juniper House was established in 1985 to provide a safe refuge for women and their children who have experienced abuse. We maintain a 15-bed shelter, 24 hour crisis line; provide supportive counselling, programs, advocacy, referrals and Outreach Services to women in Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne Counties. We also provide programs in the community aimed at preventing violence and abuse. We talk with women so that they might overcome their fears, receive information and support so that they do not have to go through their situation alone and will be safe and assured in making their decisions and leaving their abusive situation.

Mission Statement:
Juniper House is a non-profit organization based on the belief a woman has a right to personal dignity, safety, and freedom from fear and physical and/ or psychological coercion. A woman has a right to information, to moral and personal freedom, and the right to exercise personal autonomy in making decisions, to make choices affecting her own life and to accept responsibility for these decisions.

Juniper House Provides

• Room for fifteen women and their children
• A 24 hour toll free crisis telephone line
• 24 hour professional staffing
• A safe, comfortable living environment for as long as six weeks
• Outreach offices in Yarmouth, Shelburne and Digby. You don’t have to be a resident of the shelter to receive our services. 
   • Supportive counselling
• Help in understanding the legal and social services systems
• A space for women to learn to trust each other and to become productive and confident in their own abilities
• Confidentiality, information and support

About Abuse

Intimate partner abuse is about one person in a relationship using a pattern of behaviours to control the other person. It can happen to people who are married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated, or dating. Abuse of women happens regardless of their culture, religion, age, income or education.
Many people who are being abused do not see themselves as victims. Also, abusers do not see themselves as being abusive. People often think of intimate partner abuse as physical violence, such as hitting. However, abuse takes other forms, such as emotional, psychological, social, economic, or sexual abuse.
If your partner repeatedly uses one or more of the following to control you, you are being abused:
• Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking, or biting
• Threatening you, you’re children, other family members or pets
• Threatening suicide to get you to do something
• Using or threatening to use a weapon against you
• Keeping or taking your paycheck
   • Puts you down or makes you feel bad
• Forcing you to have sex or to do sexual acts you do not want
or like
• Keeping you from seeing your friends, family or from going
to work

Are You a Woman Suffering from Abuse?

Please contact us or a local shelter near you. To find the nearest shelter please go to: http://thans.ca/get-help/find-a-shelter/