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Iris Kirby House, St. John’s Site: 1 (877) 753-1492O’Shaughnessy House, Carbonear Site: 1 (888) 596-8709



Iris Kirby House opened in 1981 to provide shelter and a safe haven for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence. Iris Kirby House provides a safe home to abused women from all walks of life – with support and the opportunity to explore alternatives to living in an abusive relationship.

Fast Facts


Free ShelterEmergency housing, advocacy and support services are available at the shelter free of charge to all residents and ex-residents. Click here for more.


The shelter provides housing and support services to 100’s of women and children each year.


Sept. 2010Due to the tremendous demand for these services, Iris Kirby House’s sister shelter, O’Shaughnessy House, opened in Carbonear in September 2010.

Together, both of these shelters are helping women and children to escape abusive households and build a better tomorrow.