In the mid 1980s, women’s shelters in the province of Manitoba began to work together to provide support, reduce the isolation of shelter directors, and stop the competition between shelters for funding dollars. The organization evolved, and was incorporated in 1991 as The Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters Inc. (MAWS) Membership includes nine provincially funded women’s shelters as well as affiliate members working on the area of family violence. MAWS was created to provide: a unified voice for clients and children who have experienced violence; support to members and foster networking and information sharing among shelters and agencies that work to eliminate all forms of violence; increase public awareness, and promote best practices and professional development to improve services for clients. 

If you are in crisis please call 24/7 No charge, Provincial Wide Crisis Line 1-877-977-0007 

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November is Domestic Violence Prevention Month

Domestic Violence is a very real occurrence, in Winnipeg this year there have been a number of women murdered by their partners due to Domestic Violence. Last year in Manitoba, 2594* women, men and children accessed help from Emergency Shelters and 7190* calls were made to the provincial crisis line. November is a month of remembrance and it’s important that we don’t let victims suffer in silence. Join us in breaking the silence! (* Osborn House – Winnipeg, numbers are unavailable.)

2013 Global Data Count

A Day in the Life of Canada's Shelters

The first pan Canadian annual survey gives us insight into a typical day in the life of women's shelters and transitions houses across the country, bringing us the woices of the women on the front lines.  In one day 242 Shelters in Canada helped 4,178 women and 2,490 children.

Click on the following links to learn more about what one day entailed:

Shelter Voices National

Shelter Voices Manitoba






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Our Beliefs
& Goals

We are dedicated to the elimination of violence against women and children through a unified voice.

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Who we are

In the mid 1980s, women’s shelters in the province of Manitoba began to work together to provide support, reduce the isolation...


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Publications and Resources

Find a Colouring/Activity Book for children who are entering shelter. 

Download "Learning Through Our Clients Eyes"

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