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

Tel (24h): 709-753-1492      Toll Free: 1-877-753-1492            Tel: 709-722-8272

Fax: 709-722-8206               Website:

Mandate: 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 domestic violence and abuse. Staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to your needs and maintain a comfortable and supportive living environment.
  • Non-Resident Services: Not all women fleeing domestic 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.
  • Mental Health Program: A Mental Health Counsellor 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.
  • Outreach & Special Events: Women and children who have lived at the shelter can take part in a variety of special events and recreational activities throughout the year including our Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program.
  • 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.
  • In-House Recreational & Educational Activities: Women and children who are staying at the shelter can participate in activities such as yoga, crafts, music programs and information sessions. Some of these activities are also open to former residents and women in the community who are receiving services from Iris Kirby House.

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