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KV Domestic Violence Outreach Inc. is non-profit community organization that helps to empower women who have experienced intimate partner violence through the provision of outreach services, educational programs and support groups, community awareness and filling the gaps in service.


The services that we provide include:

  • Safe, confidential individual support to women who have experienced intimate partner violence.

  • Assistance in creating safety plans and leaving abusive relationships, as well as help to rebuild their lives and recover from abuse. 

  • Educational support programs for women, including PTSD, healthy relationships, and self-esteem.

  • Collaboration with schools to provide healthy relationship educational programs to youth.

  • Public awareness presentations and training for professionals.


Ann Hogan


Ann is public health nurse with Anglophone South School District. Always looking for a way to help people live a healthier life, Ann has a special interest in prevention of sexual violence and the need for healthy relationship awareness and education for youth and adults.

Julia Forgrave


Misty Matthews-Emery


Misty has been a member of the KVDVO Board since 2018 and has been a member of the Executive, in the position of Secretary, since 2020. She is a lawyer who has been practicing law for 20 years and is currently employed with the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission specializing in the practice of Family and Child Protection law.

Melissa Martin


Melissa has been at Hestia House since 2011, working her way up from relief worker to executive director in February 2020. A lifelong resident of Saint John, she is dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence within the community and strives to ensure their safety and help them move forward. Melissa graduated in 2010 from UNBSJ with a major in Sociology; she is also co-chair of the Regional Violence Prevention Network and sits on multiple committees.

Jasmine Buchanan


Jasmine Buchanan joined the KVDVO Inc. Board of Directors in 2019 and currently serves as the Chair. Jasmine is a lawyer with ten years of experience practicing family law.

Jessica Smith


Jessica attended SFU and completed courses in gender studies and linguistics, before taking a break. In 2013, she graduated from NBCC with a degree in Chemical Engineering Technology. Shortly thereafter, she opened Luxury Tanning + Beauty. She is currently completing a certificate in Family Violence Issues from UNB-F, all while single-handedly taking care of two kids.

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