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

Beliefs & Goals

Our Beliefs:

  • Everyone has the right to live violence-free.
  • Gender-based, family and domestic violence exist 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 those affected by 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 family, domestic and gender-based violence.
  • To identify and promote best practices among member shelters.
  • To develop and promote provincial standards for all Manitoba shelters.
  • To foster professional development within Manitoba shelters.