Released on International Women's Day, March 8, 2013, GNWS's fourth annual Global Data Count Report highlights the critical work of participating women's shelters and shelter networks in 44 countries and reflects the courage and resilience of 106,108 women and children who sought refuge in the participating shelters. Of the 67,484 women helped 1,133 were known to be pregnant.

Despite tremendous efforts and committment, not everyone was able to receive help: 8,148 women had to be turned away from shelters due to lack of resources; 4,385 children could not be accommodated. Too often, this was due to shelters being full, and/or, having insufficient capacity or funding.  As a result, a total of 12,533 women and children were subject to continued risk that day. Additionlly, in other countries women and children simply had nowhere to turn; 16% of participating countries reported there were NO shelters.

Shelters continue to report significant barriers in their critical work to keep women and children safe. 77% of shelters did not receive adequate government funding; 68% lacked financial security; 68% struggled to keep what small staff they had due to low wages; 50% had difficulty finding trained staff; and 25% depended upon the commitment of volunteers. Notably, 61% of shelters lacked physical security.

Despite this, in participating countries, 66% served aboriginal and/or minority ethnic women, 52% reached out to women in prostitution, 30% worked with incarcerated women, 25% provided services for transgender and transsexual women, and, 64% provided support to women with disabilities.

Women's shelters in these 44 countries participated in the annual count: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Cameroon, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Republic of Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudia Arabia, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, The United States of America, Vietnam, and Wales.

Related Information:

In 2012, Survey Questions were sent out September 12th and data was due by November 15th:

  • 2012 Shelter Data Count - Information Sheet (English)   [PDF file]  [Word.doc file]
  • 2012 Shelter Data Count - Survey Questions (English)    [PDF file]  [Word.doc file]
  • Women's shelters and shelter network's 2012 data was able to be submitted until November 15, 2012 via a Web Form.