Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters Inc.

MAWS is dedicated to providing a unified voice for women and children who experience violence. 

The organization incorporated in 1991 as the Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters Inc., is a registered charitable organization 88078 6892 RR0001.

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. Membership includes ten provincially funded women’s shelters as well as affiliate members working on the area of family violence.

MAWS was created to provide: support to member shelters; increased negotiating abilities with funders; shared information and resources; increased public awareness, training of staff and improved services for clients.


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Our Beliefs & Goals

Our Beliefs

  • Everyone has the right to live violence free.
  • Violence against women and children exists because of inequalities in society.
  • Community involvement is essential to address the issue of violence against women and children.
  • A network of service providers in addition to the legal, social, and political structures is necessary to address violence against women and children.
  • Public Education is key to addressing issues of violence.
  • We can make a difference.

Our Goals

  • To unite Manitoba shelters and provide a central body to facilitate communication.
  • To provide a unified voice for women and children who have experienced violence.
  • To foster networking and information sharing among shelters and between other agencies that work to eliminate all forms of violence.
  • To assist in acquiring resources for member shelters.
  • To encourage the assistance of other service agencies, voluntary organizations, private industry, and government in addressing issues of violence against women and children.
  • To promote public education around violence against women and children.
  • To promote best practices among member shelters.
  • To develop and promote provincial standards for all shelters.
  • To foster professional development within Manitoba shelters.

Please visit the links provided to find out more about how MAWS and this website can help you. Remember, if you're in crisis and a victim of abuse, you aren't alone. And if you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, there is help. There is hope. And someone will listen.


Project Red Dress at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

L to R, Ang - Genesis House, Kari - Parkland Crisis Centre, Lori - Genesis House, Allison - Parkland Crisis Centre


The REDress Project is an ongoing public art installation. It is a response to the overwhelming number of missing or murdered Aboriginal women across Canada. The installation seeks to engage the public in discussion about the sexist and racist nature of violent crimes against Indigenous women.