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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

Courses Available Now

MAWS courses are available online and designed to be self-paced. Once you set up an account you can complete as much as you wish and return at a later time to finish the course.

MAWS Members

Access to these courses is included with a membership to MAWS. Please contact the Executive Director of your shelter or agency for the discount coupon or contact MAWS for more information.


Upon completing a course you will be issued a certificate of completion. Please check your account details and make sure your name is entered correctly so it will print on the certificate.

Account Details

Stop Family Violence Course

This 2-3 hour online learning initiative comes with a printable course completion certificate. The course has foundational material that will help you:

  • Understand the forms and effects of gender-based violence (GBV)
  • Recognize signs of GBV
  • Provide culturally respectful, bias-free, and trauma-informed support to those affected by family (FV) domestic (DV) and gender-based violence.

We thank the Government of Manitoba for funding free access codes for Manitoba residents. However, these are limited in number, and we ask interested participants to contact us at for more details. For out-of-province participants and after the free access codes are used, the course fee is $40.00.

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Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT)

This tool was created by the government of New South Wales and with permission, the provincial shelters are using this tool designed for family violence situations to determine the level of risk a client may be experiencing.

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Documentation Quick Study Course

Documentation is an essential element of work in shelters and the gender-based violence sector. In this course, you will:

  • Understand why documentation is important and how it is used in all aspects of shelter work
  • Learn the basics of good documentation that is concise, objective and trauma-informed
  • Learn how to document in specific situations, such as crisis calls, incidents at the shelter, etc.
  • Access a quiz to help you gain a firmer understanding of good documentation

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Transforming Together Board Governance Course

This course was developed to build the capacity of Board of Directors of family violence agencies in Manitoba. Strong governance structures and practices help agencies to meet the increasingly complex needs of those who access their services to escape violence. In this course, and with the accompanying pdf module, you will learn:

  • General principles of governance-The role of the Board and the Executive Director
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Oversight
  • Fundraising
  • Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Lens
  • Integrated Anti-Oppression Practice
  • Emerging Practices in shelter governance

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As defined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, “Islamophobia can be described as stereotypes, bias or acts of hostility towards individual Muslims or followers of Islam in general. In addition to individual acts of intolerance and racial profiling, Islamophobia leads to viewing Muslims as a greater security threat on an institutional, systemic and societal level.”

This training was developed with the help of Tasneem Vali from the Manitoba Islamic Association (MIA) and Natasha Ali from the Manitoba Islamic Association (MIA) and the University of Manitoba (U of M).

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Supporting Muslim Women in Intimate Partner and Family Violence Shelters

When we consider how the world is filled with people who have different beliefs, religions, traditions, and ways of living, we begin to recognize that the ways in which we understand and experience abuse, power, and control differ based on an individual’s unique experiences, as well as cultural, social, and spiritual norms.

This training module was created with the help of Tasneem Vali from the Manitoba Islamic Association (MIA).

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Cultural Humility

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) (n.d.) defines cultural humility as “a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another’s culture, but one starts with an examination of her/his own beliefs and cultural identities.”

Culture is “the shared values, traditions, arts, history, folklore, and institutions of a group of people that are unified by race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religious beliefs, spirituality, socioeconomic status, social class, sexual orientation, politics, gender identity, age, or any other cohesive group variable” (Singh, 1998).

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Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-informed care is a way to approach people that embraces and recognizes the importance of treating the whole person; taking into account their past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms/ behaviors they have developed. Trauma-informed care recognizes that trauma has an impact on people and can be a contributor to mental health challenges, illness, and substance use (TIP, 2014).

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Emotional Intelligence and Counselling Strategies

Cultivating Emotional Intelligence as a Helping Professional will cover topics such as Emotional Intelligence, Linking Emotion and Connection, and Cultivating Emotional Intelligence. Emotional intelligence is crucial to preserving a positive mental state. People with limited emotional intelligence have minimal self-awareness and struggle to regulate their emotions, often acting impulsively (Marsden, 2021).

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Stress Training

Continuous stress without relief can result in a condition called distress—a negative stress reaction that can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and problems sleeping.
While you read and listen, think about how stress is impacting/ has impacted

  • Your life
  • The life of your friends and family
  • The life of your clients, individuals, families, and communities you serve

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Indigenous Perspectives

In this course you will learn about Colonial History and Legacy the Indigenous People’s Right to Land and stories from around the world highlighting the plight of Indigenous Peoples everywhere. Included are videos, documents and websites discussing topics such as:

  • Defending Nature
  • Canada’s Dark Colonial Past
  • Breaking Promises to Indigenous People
  • The Connection and Relationship with the Land Around Us

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