This is GNWS's third annual snapshot of a single day in the lives of women seeking refuge at women’s shelters around the world.  It represents information provided by 2,636 participating shelters and 25 shelter networks from 36 countries. On just one day in 2011 at participating shelters, 56,308 women and 39,130 children sought refuge from domestic violence.

Yet, not everyone was able to receive help: 7,608 women and 4,734 children had to be turned away. Too many times this was due to shelters being full, or, having insufficient capacity or funding. As a result, a total of 12,342 women and children were subject to continued risk on that day.

This survey found that a lack of government financial and legislative support is a concern for shelters globally. In 18 countries, poor legislation or ineffective implementation contributed to challenges reported by shelters. In 25 countries, shelters reported a lack of government funding was a challenge to providing services. In 17 countries, shelters were unable to provide equitable wages for staff. Shelters in 9 countries reported that they struggled to find trained professional staff.

Women's shelters participated in: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United States of America, and Vietnam.

Adaptable Outreach Tips & Template:

The following resources may be adapted and used for outreach and educational purposes by women's shelters, transition houses, refuges and their Networks that participated in the 2011 Global Shelter Data Count.