Women's Shelters Canada

We represent a strong, unified voice on the issue of violence against women on the national stage. Through collaboration, knowledge exchange and adoption of innovative practices, we advance the co-ordination and implementation of high quality services for women and children accessing shelters.



Shelters: More than a Refuge from Violence

Shelters and transition houses are much more than refuges from violence – they are places where women rebuild their lives. These videos and stories from across Canada illustrate just some of the many ways shelters and shelter workers improve the lives of the women and children they serve.



Shelter Voices 2017

Our annual survey of women’s shelters in Canada. In addition to providing key data, the survey highlights the resilience of women survivors and the voices of front-line shelter workers who bring positive change to thousands of women and children every day.



Shelter Safe is an online resource helping women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map serves as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support. This resource is for women directly impacted by violence as well as for their concerned friends, family, colleagues and employers.



A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls

Developed collaboratively with over 20 partner organizations, the Blueprint provides a roadmap for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls.


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About Us

Our mission is to work as a unified voice for systemic change to end violence against women, while providing leadership for collaboration and knowledge exchange among shelters and transition houses across the country.

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News & Events

  • A step in the right direction – The beginnings of a more coordinated approach to addressing violence against women
    June 19, 2017 ‐ Ottawa, 19 June 2017 Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) welcomes the release of the federal government’s strategy to address gender-based violence. It is recognition of the problem and how it impedes women’s equality. The intent of the strategy is to take...
  • Launch of Shelter Voices 2017
    June 14, 2017 ‐ We are pleased to announce the release of Shelter Voices 2017, the fourth national survey of transition houses and shelters serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence. This one-day snapshot from 193 shelters across...
  • New Resources for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week
    May 31, 2017 ‐ This week for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (28 May – 3 June 2017), Women’s Shelters Canada is highlighting the diverse services that women’s shelters and transition houses in Canada provide. Shelters and transition houses are much more than...