About the Sector
New Start Counselling is one of five men’s intervention programs in Nova Scotia funded through the Department of Community Services. A sixth program is attached to the Domestic Violence Court as a pilot in Sydney. New Start has moved away from a psycho eduacional approach originally found in men’s intervention groups. New Start sees value in using a restorative justice approach that invites the healing and repairing of relationships. A punitive legal system does not encourage men to take responsibility for the harm they have done and continues to place the responsibility for change on women. New Start is creating a unique framework to move toward a family centred approach. After all, men come from families and families come from communities and communities are asking to be peaceful.