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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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Confirmation of National Action Plan – A Crucial Step In Addressing Violence Against Women

Ottawa, November 16, 2015   The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses (CNWSTH) is very much encouraged that the Minister of Status of Women has been mandated by the Prime Minister “To work with experts and advocates to develop and implement a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan, aligned with existing provincial strategies”. The development and implementation of a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls (NAP on VAW) is key to clearly identifying and addressing the root causes of violence against women across Canada. The Network and its partners look forward to working with Minister Hajdu to make this plan a reality. The...
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Opportunity to address the systemic causes of violence against women welcomed

The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses welcomes the newly elected Liberal government’s commitment to increase investments in Canada’s network of shelters and transition houses, as part of their investment in social infrastructure. The quick reinstatement of the shelter enhancement program would provide a good start. Our annual survey of shelters reported that on one day last spring, 302 women and 221 children had to be turned away from shelters due to lack of space. We also welcome the recognition that ending violence against women will require systemic change. The commitment to a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and to the development and implementation of...
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