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  • 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

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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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