Iris Kirby House

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196 Waterford Bridge Rd.
St. John’s, NL
A1E 1E2

Iris Kirby House
Tel (24 hr):
(709) 753-1492  or  Toll Free (24 hr): 1-877-753-1492

Iris Kirby Administration: 
Tel: (709) 722-8272          Fax: (709) 722-8206


To provide a safe and secure refuge for women with or without children who are experiencing domestic violence.

Target Population:

Women facing domestic violence and their children.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • Emergency Shelter: The shelter is a safe place for women and their children fleeing violence and abuse. Staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to your needs and maintain a comfortable and supportive living environment.
    • 24/7 Crisis Line: The shelter provides distress line coverage on a 24/7 basis.
  • Non-Resident Services: Not all women fleeing violence will stay at a shelter. Some women will access services by telephone or through scheduled appointments with shelter staff while staying in a safe place outside of the shelter.
  • Children and Youth Services Program: A Children and Youth Services Coordinator provides a variety of services to children living with the effects of witnessing or experiencing violence and abuse. Services include counselling, assessment, referral, advocacy and group work.
    • Youth Group: Young people living with the effects of witnessing violence and abuse are given an opportunity to come to the shelter to participate in an educational and supportive group process with their peers.
  • Mental Health Program: A Mental Health Nurse is on staff to provide women with specialized mental health services including assessment, counselling, advocacy and referral.
  • Second Stage Housing: Supported, safe, affordable single and family units are offered to women transitioning into the community from the shelter to more permanent, long term housing.
  • Supportive Housing Units: Four self-contained units attached to Iris Kirby House provide women needing additional support while transitioning out of the shelter to stay for up to one year and receive services from the Mental Health, Life Skills and Outreach Programs.
  • Out of Shelter Advocacy: Whether or not you’ve lived at the shelter, Iris Kirby House is here for you. The Out of Shelter Advocacy Program is used by many women who have an alternative safe place to live while transitioning to a life free of abuse.
  • Empowerment Group Series: Educational and support groups are offered regularly providing women an opportunity to learn, share, build on their strengths, and move toward security and economic independence. Groups include Empowerment Education I and II as well as The Economic Empowerment Program III.
  • Life Skills Program: Women are offered assistance with daily life skills such as budgeting, nutritional menu planning, cooking and navigating community services.