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News & Press Releases

A step in the right direction – The beginnings of a more coordinated approach to addressing violence against women

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 a holistic approach at the federal level with Status of Women Canada (SWC) playing a leadership role. The strengthening of SWC is essential if the government is to walk the talk in terms of having a feminist approach to governing and policy making. Women’s Shelters Canada has been advocating for a national strategy for several years. The strategy announced today is a big step forward. “We are encouraged by the...
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Launch of Shelter Voices 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 the country offers a sense of the hopes, challenges, and experiences of shelter workers and the women they serve. This year’s edition of Shelter Voices also focuses on perpetrators’ misuse of technology to harm and harass women, youth, and children. Read it here

New Resources for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

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 refuges from violence – they are places where women rebuild their lives. They are safe transitional homes for women to reconnect with themselves and their children, and plan ways to move forward in a life of safety and security. Shelter workers provide services to women and children who are often the most marginalized. These women may be experiencing intergenerational trauma, addiction, and/or mental health concerns. They may be newly arrived...
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Budget 2017 – Women’s Shelters Canada Welcomes News of a National Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence

  Ottawa, March 23 2017 Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) is pleased to see that the federal government will be pursuing a national strategy to address gender-based violence. The organization has been advocating for a national strategy for several years. “It is essential that the federal government take a leadership position in addressing violence against women and gender-based violence,” Lise Martin, WSC’s Executive Director, said. “If women in all areas of the country are to have access to comparable levels of services and protection, there needs to be leadership at the federal level.”  Although the new investment of $101 million over fiver years is welcomed, it does not reflect the severity...
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Introducing Women’s Shelters Canada

We’ve got a new name! Here at the Network, big changes are underway. We’re re-branding with a sleeker, simpler name along with a new, modern logo. We will be launching the new logo in the coming weeks, but in honour of International Women’s Day, we want to officially announce our new name and tagline. The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses will now be known as: In French: We look forward to continuing to work as a unified voice for systemic change to end violence against women using this new name, while also continuing to provide leadership for collaboration and knowledge exchange among shelters and transition houses across...
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Funding announced for the project Shelters of the Future: Key to preventing and ending violence against women

New funding will strengthen services for survivors of gender-based violence Minister Hajdu launches the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence by announcing support for women’s shelters November 24, 2016 – TORONTO, ON – Status of Women Canada   The Government of Canada believes that women and girls in our country deserve to live free of violence. Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, announced that the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses (CNWSTH) is receiving funding for a three-year project to improve support for women who experience violence. The grant of $1,045,000 is the largest that the organization has ever received from Status of...
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Family Violence Does Not Happen in a Vacuum – New Report Fails to Contextualise the Violence within our Society where Gender Inequality Remains Prevalent

Family Violence Does Not Happen in a Vacuum – New Report Fails to Contextualise the Violence within our Society where Gender Inequality Remains Prevalent Ottawa, October 21, 2016 The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses commends the Chief Public Health Officer’s Report issued today on family violence in Canada. It is a societal issue of concern to everyone. As the report indicates, everyone is responsible for stopping it. The impact of family violence in Canada is the harsh daily reality for the more than 500 shelters across the country. What brings women to our shelters is their urgent need for safety. Every six days a woman is Canada...
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Sheltersafe.ca First Anniversary and New Video

Ottawa, 8 June 2016 This month Sheltersafe.ca is celebrating its first birthday! One year after its launch in June 2015, Sheltersafe.ca has grown to include close to 90% of the nearly 500 shelters across Canada that provide safety and support to women and their children who have experienced abuse. Our goal is to reach 100%. We have made a one minute video to introduce people to ShelterSafe.ca. Please take a minute to post this video to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other social networks you have, and ask your friends and followers to pass it on. You can see that video on ShelterSafe.ca here:  www.sheltersafe.ca/share-our-video Or on the Sheltersafe.ca Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sheltersafedotca Canadian Network...
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Shelter Voices 2016 – Annual survey of a day in the life of Canadian women’s shelters shows increasing complexity of need

Shelter Voices 2016 Annual survey of a day in the life of Canadian women’s shelters shows increasing complexity of need. April 28/ Ottawa – The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses today released their third annual Shelter Voices survey report on the state of shelters for women fleeing abuse across Canada. Shelters from every province and territory have contributed to provide a snapshot of a day in the life of a women’s shelter. The four-page survey summary report shows that on one day, 234 shelters in Canada welcomed 111 new women and children as residents. However on the same day shelters were forced to turn away 305 women...
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Budget 2016 Invests an Unprecedented $89.9 Million in Canada’s Shelters and Transition Homes

The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses (CNWSTH) applauds the Government of Canada’s decision to invest $89.9 million over two years for the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses. For the Network’s more than 400 members, this unprecedented investment is welcome news. Over the past 20 years, funding for shelter renovation and construction has not kept pace with Canada’s population growth. Many shelters were built in the 70’s and 80’s and are in dire need of repair and updating to more adequately meet the needs of women – notably women with disabilities who are disproportionately represented among those affected by violence. The federal government has indicated...
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