24/7 provincial toll-free crisis line 18779770007

  • Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters

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 the holder of a CAPC (Community Action Program for Children) grant provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) that helps to fund the children’s programs in the provincial shelters. This funding contributes to a children’s worker salary, as well as a small amount is provided for training and materials. Children’s programs in shelters are critically underfunded. Teaching and modeling positive behaviour in children at the very earliest stages of growth can influence their choice to be violence free as they mature, this is a crucial pathway to reducing interpersonal and family violence in future generations.

In Manitoba the provincially funded emergency interpersonal and family violence shelters are funded by the Manitoba government – Family Violence Prevention program. Data from this summary came from these shelters: Agape House – Steinbach, Aurora House -The Pas, Genesis House -Winkler, Ikwe-Widdjiitiwin -Winnipeg, Nova House – Selkirk, Parkland Crisis Centre -Dauphin, Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre – Portage la Prairie, Thompson Crisis Centre – Thompson, Willow Place – Winnipeg and YWCA Westman Women’s Shelter – Brandon.

In the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year shelters provided 37,097 bednights plus another 9253 bednights in Interim housing. The term Bednights refers to each night that a bed is occupied in shelter e.g.: Mom with two children = 3 bednights.
Shelters provided service to 3068 individuals: 1277 residential women, 1105 residential children, 398 non-residential women, 44 non-residential children, 209 follow up women and 35 follow up children.
Of the residential and Interim housing clients, the average stay was 10 nights and each client participated in an average of 11 counselling sessions.

Of the residential clients 59 adults and 105 children resided after leaving emergency shelter in Interim Housing units provided a total of 9253 bednights last year.
Shelters attended to 11,349 crisis line calls.

– 6 shelters provide Interim Housing
– Data provided by FVPP (Family Violence Prevention Program, Manitoba Government)

Created for shelter workers to provide a general guideline and basic information about working in a interpersonal and family violence shelter in Manitoba.


MAWS is a founding and continuing member of WSC formerly called Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses (CNWSTH).  WSC  is a national organization created to fill a lack of service at the national level.

“Several years ago, the provincial and territorial, organizations representing women’s shelters and transition houses recognized that though each served and supported the shelters and transition houses in their respective regions, no organization existed to do the same at a national level.”

“There simply was no national forum in which shelters could share ideas and resources. There was no space for them to learn together and innovate together so as to advance high quality services they offer. There was no unified voice for women’s shelters and transition houses on the national stage to help generate systemic change.
In 2009, drawn together by a shared vision to end violence against women, these associations began giving shape to Women’s Shelters Canada (formerly the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses). Together, we have become a national, collaborative voice for change. The Network was incorporated and became a charitable organization in November 2012.” – WSC website.