About Coverdale Courtwork Society
Coverdale Courtwork Society is a non profit organization that supports women, girls, trans, non-binary and Two-Spirit persons affected by the criminal justice system. We work in provincial and federal courts, prisons and in the community. Our combined services support women and trans individuals to cope with mental illness, trauma and addiction and find employment and housing, rebuild community connections and strive for healing, change and growth.
The History of Coverdale
Coverdale began in Moncton, NB in 1923 as the Inter-Provincial Home for Young Women by the Anglican, United Baptist, Presbyterian, United and Methodist churches. Located across the river from Moncton in Riverview, NB, on Coverdale Road, it served as a minimum security prison for girls 16 years of age and older who were sentenced to terms of less than three years. Educational and rehabilitative programs were provided to women.
At the time, the only other facility for women was the prison in Kingston, Ontario. The establishment of Coverdale made it possible for women to receive services a minimum security facility closer to home. For many years the Home was a pioneering venture in working with women in the justice system. Eventually, with the rise of provincial correctional facilities, and the withdrawal of government support, it was no longer possible to continue the work of the Home.
In 1976 it split into two independent associations, one in Saint John, NB and the second in Halifax, NS. Coverdale changed from an institution based to a community based service focusing on intervention and prevention. Now Coverdale plays a pivotal role in the development and implementation of innovative support programs for women.
"Bringing my experiences and stories to the table with other women was a great help in overcoming such trauma in my life."
Client of Coverdale
Our staff and volunteers utilize a trauma informed approach when working with others
Communicate with compassion
Understand the prevalence and impact of trauma
Pursue the person’s strengths, choice, and autonomy
Respect human rights
Provide holistic care