MAWS provides information only. If you are in danger call 911. If you or someone you know is being abused, call the confidential 24/7 provincial toll-free crisis line at: 1-877-977-0007
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.