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.


Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender-Based Violence

Canada's National Action Plan needs to be bold, ambitious, and intersectional.

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Shelter Voices 2020

This special issue of Shelter Voices focuses on how violence against women (VAW) shelters/THs were affected by and have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.


New Report on Second Stage Shelters in Canada

Check out the full report, "Breaking the Cycle of Abuse and Closing the Housing Gap: Second Stage Shelters in Canada"


Shelter Safe

Sheltersafe.ca 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.


Comprehensive Profile of VAW and Second Stage Shelters

Check out WSC’s two reports, “More Than a Bed,” which looks at shorter-term VAW shelters, and “Transitioning to a Life Free from Violence,” on longer-term second stage shelters.


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. Shelters support women and children fleeing violence. We support the shelters.

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