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From the website of Bryony House:
Prior to the mid seventies, no formal services for abused women and children existed in Halifax. A group of concerned women came together to explore the possibility of more formalized supports and services, resulting in a study on women leaving abuse. The results of the study highlighted the extent of abuse in which women and children were living and recognized the lack of available resources in the community.
The group formed the Halifax Transition House Association and opened Bryony House in 1978, the first transition house in Nova Scotia. As a non-profit organization, it provides 24 hour emergency services for women, with or without children, escaping intimate partner abuse. Bryony House continues to be the only transition house in the Halifax Regional Municipality, whose sole mandate is to help those affected by intimate partner abuse. Over the years, 12 new transition houses were established. The transition houses then worked to create the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS).