Local Resources

Browse the topics below for resources in and available to Nova Scotia.

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Help finding resources

211 is a free, confidential information and referral service to more than 3,000 community and social services across Nova Scotia. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visit: 211 Nova Scotia
Live Online Chat: 211 Nova Scotia: Live Chat
Call: 211

Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 support across Canada, including professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Visit: Kids Help Phone
Call: 1 (800) 668-6868
Live Online Chat
: Kids Help Phone: Live Chat
Text: CONNECT to 686868

Sexual Violence

Created as part of Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Strategy, BreaktheSilenceNS.ca provides information about sexual violence and resources in Nova Scotia.

Visit: BreaktheSilenceNS.ca

Created as part of Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Strategy, BreaktheSilenceNS.ca outlines the types of resources and formal supports available in Nova Scotia for those who have experienced sexual assault. It includes information on medical care, reporting to police, and supports available.

VisitBreak the Silence NS: Types of Support

Sexual Assault Centres support victims/survivors of sexual violence, educate the public, and work to end sexualized violence in our society. The centres are staffed by trained and experienced professionals.

There are three Sexual Assault Centres in Nova Scotia:

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (Halifax)
VisitAvalon Sexual Assault Centre
Call(902) 422-4240
SANE Response Line(902) 425-0122

Colchester Sexual Assault Centre (Truro)
VisitColchester Sexual Assault Centre
Call(902) 897-4366

Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association (Antigonish)
VisitAntigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association
Call: (902) 863-6221
SANE Response Line1 (877) 880-SANE (7263)

Independent, confidential legal advice for survivors of sexual assault in Nova Scotia who are over the age of 16.

VisitLegal advice for sexual assault survivors

This booklet from the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service provides sexual assault survivors with plain language information about sexual assault prosecution.

Visit: A Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Assault Prosecution

Online exploitation, image sharing, and cyber-bullying

Cybertip.ca provides information, and also receives and processes tips from the public regarding:

  • Child pornography (child abuse images and material)
  • Online luring
  • Child exploitation through prostitution
  • Travelling to sexually exploit children
  • Child trafficking
  • Making sexually explicit material available to a child
  • Agreement or arrangement with another person to commit a sexual offence against a child
  • Non-consensual distribution of intimate images (of an individual under 18 years of age)

Visit: Cybertip.ca
Report a concernCybertip.ca: Report Form
Toll Free1-866-658-9022

CyberScan can help victims find a solution to a dispute involving cyber-bullying or the sharing of intimate images.

Visit: CyberScan
Call902-424-6990
Toll Free1-855-702-8324

Help for youth (13 to 17 years old) who have been negatively impacted by a sexual picture/video being shared by peers. Includes information on removing images/videos from social media.

VisitNeedHelpNow.ca

Legal information and advice

The Child Protection Group (CPG) is a service provided by Nova Scotia Legal Aid, which can provide legal information, advice, and assistance for parents and caregivers in child protection matters under the Children and Family Services Act. The CPG assists eligible clients and will work together to reach an early resolution of child protection issues.

Visit: Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Call: (902) 420-8897
Toll Free: 1 (855) 420-7921

Independent, confidential legal advice for survivors of sexual assault in Nova Scotia who are over the age of 16.

VisitLegal advice for sexual assault survivors

This booklet from the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service provides sexual assault survivors with plain language information about sexual assault prosecution.

Visit: A Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Assault Prosecution

Every individual in the province of Nova Scotia has a legal obligation to report concerns of abuse or neglect of a child under the age of 19 in order to ensure children are protected from harm. Failure to report is a criminal offence.

This fact sheet from the Department of Community Services outlines these legal “Duty to Report” requirements under sections 23, 24 and 25 of the Nova Scotia Children and Family Services Act.

Visit: Children and Family Services Act: Duty to Report

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