Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses

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.



The Practice Exchange Project and the Practice Implementation Manual

The Practice Exchange Project (PEP) offers tools that encourage collaboration between shelters and support implementation of promising and model practices across Canada.



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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Shelter Voices

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.


About Us

Our mission is to provide a unified voice on the national stage for women’s shelters and transition houses and to provide leadership by collaborating, educating and innovating for systemic change that will lead to ending violence against women and children.

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News & Events

  • First Anniversary and New Video
    June 08, 2016 ‐ Ottawa, 8 June 2016 This month is celebrating its first birthday! One year after its launch in June 2015, has grown to include close to 90% of the nearly 500 shelters across Canada that provide safety and support...
  • Shelter Voices 2016 Receives National Media Coverage
    May 09, 2016 ‐ Globe and Mail Canadian Shelters Forces to Turn Away Majority of Women and Children in Need Canadian Press Many Women's Shelters Turning Away Women Due to Overcrowding Global News 73% of Canadian Women and Children who Seek Emergency Shelter Are...
  • Canadian shelters forced to turn away majority of women and children in need
    April 28, 2016 ‐ by TAVIA GRANT The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 6:00AM EDT Last updated Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 6:00AM EDT A manager at the now-closed Toronto shelter Beatrice House stands in a vacant hallway in this June, 2015...