Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada – October 18, 2016 – The Parkland Crisis Centre & Women’s Shelter and the Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters (MAWS) announces a fundraiser during the month of November for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, help us spread the word about “The Power of PJs”.
Each year shelters in Manitoba assist approximately 3000 women, men and children, often arriving at the shelter with just the clothes on their backs. When violence happens victims will grab the children and run as you don’t have time to pack a bag in a dangerous situation. Help us wrap them in love and warm with new PJs, and of course socks, bathrobes, towels and facecloths are welcome too!
Deena Brock, Provincial Coordinator for MAWS stated “It’s an uncomfortable conversation but anyone’s friend or relative can one day find themselves in an abusive relationship and may need, without notice, the services of a domestic violence shelter. We are asking the public to help provide the items that the shelters need.”
Please contact the shelter closest to you to arrange your donation or perhaps encourage your work place to do a donation drive during November, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Visit the MAWS website for a list of the shelters.
During the year 2015-2016 MAWS shelters provided 36,792 bed nights to women, men and children who were victims of domestic violence and dealt with 12,737 crisis line calls.
Kari Prawdzik, Executive Director of The Parkland Crisis Centre said “the average number of bednights provided to women and children experiencing domestic violence in Dauphin is approximately 960. This year, those numbers have more than doubled. Being able to provide them comforts such as a new pair of pajamas, socks, bathrobes and personal hygiene items is an important part of what we do. We can’t do it without the support of the community. “
Executive Director, The Parkland Crisis Centre
About the Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters
The Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters consists of ten provincially funded women's shelters and six affiliate members in the province. MAWS is the central body to facilitate communication & support to our member shelters, sharing information, best practices, resources and training, and participating in events to increase public awareness. MAWS aim to provide a voice for the women and children who access and use our shelters and services. www.maws.mb.ca
The Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters is a registered charity and is funded solely by our generous donors.