GNWS's 6th annual Global Shelter Data Count Report highlights the critical work of women's shelters and shelter networks in helping women and children fleeing violence. It reflects the voices, courage and resilience of 53,230 women and 34,794 children who sought refuge and were helped by participating shelters in 46 countries on one day in 2014-2015. It reveals unique challenges faced by abused migrant and refugee women and innovative approaches, programs, laws and initiatives that are working in women's shelters or in their ongoing work to end violence against women.
Shelters participated in the 6th Global Shelter Data Count by sharing the numbers and voices of those they helped on one day in 2014-2015. Shelters provide much needed access to information, including legal advice, education, and assistance with children. Many women described the new beginning the shelter gave them. They felt empowered to care for themselves and their children.
"Thank you for saving my life.”~ Germany
“I have never thought there could be such a place. I thought I had no place to go and nobody would even listen to me. I never believed I could find way out of this hell.” - Armenia
"Without their love and shelter I would have been dead months ago." - Malta
“I’m here because my Daddy wants to kill me” - Australia
“If the police had not taken me to the women´s shelter, I would not be alive anymore.” - Austria
“I did not know services like you existed; My husband told me that I was a nobody in this country and that no one would believe me and help me” - Australia
“Thank you to the people who helped me. I’m grateful that I will be going back to Indonesia. After experiencing this hardship, I have become more mature and more courageous to face my difficulties.” - Taiwan
Women's shelters in these 46 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, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Scotland, Slovenia, Taiwan, Turkey, The United States of America, and Wales.