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We empower women to move beyond violence.

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region operates two emergency shelters for abused women and their children: Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge. We also operate a regional Outreach Program. We are the only agency of our kind in Waterloo Region. Help us empower women to move beyond abusive and violent relationships. Learn more

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Empower women to move beyond violence.

Your gift helps women leave abusive relationships and move beyond violence.

Anselma House

Anselma House is our 24-hour emergency shelter in Kitchener. It has 45 beds. Our administrative offices are also located here.
24-hr Support Line: 519-742-5894

Haven House

Haven House is our 24-hour emergency shelter in Cambridge. It has 45 beds, and serves Cambridge and North Dumfries Township.
24-hr Support Line: 519-653-2422

Outreach Program

Not all women who need help leaving an abusive relationship need our shelters. We help these women in the community.
24-hr Support Line: 1-800-410-4482

Thanks, IKEA Kitchener, for Your Generosity

WARM GESTURE: IKEA Kitchener donated $500-worth of new bath towels and hand towels to Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region on June 18, 2018. Thanks for your kindness and thoughtfulness! We appreciate you. Caption: Caitlin and Hilary of IKEA Kitchener donate bath...

Give our kids an unforgettable summer

Our Child & Youth team is preparing for summer programming and needs your help! Give our kids an unforgettable summer by donating passes for Bingemans, African Lion Safari, movies or bowling. Drop off the passes at Anselma House, 700 Heritage Drive, Kitchener or Haven...

Thanks, Lisamaree, for Hosting Your High Tea Fundraiser

Image Caption: Alan Sharpe, our Fund Development Manager, and Lisamaree Cormier, host of Lisamaree's High Tea, enjoy a cuppa. Lisamaree Cormier of Cambridge hosted a high tea in June 2018 to raise funds for Haven House. More than 200 women attended the event, raising...

Thanks, Wolle Realty, for Riding the Rails

Thanks, Wolle Realty, for Riding the Rails Royal LePage Wolle Realty hosted a fun fundraiser on Friday, 8 May, 2018. They hired a classic steam locomotive to take their guests from St. Jacobs to Elmira and back again, through picturesque countryside....

Domestic Abuse and Elder Abuse

By Christina Silva, Outreach Worker Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse and domestic violence are serious problems in our society. Elder abuse, like domestic violence, can take on many forms. It may...

Message from the CEO . . . 40 days!

Today marks my 40th day as CEO. Why mark 40 days? This is because the number 40 holds special meaning for us this year. For 40 years we have been offering services for women who are escaping abuse and violence. In some ways this seems like a long time to be supporting...

Somewhere in Waterloo Region, a mother is about to make the bravest decision of her life.

She is clutching the telephone number for the Women’s Crisis Services 24-hour Crisis Line. Behind her are six years of abuse and terror. Ahead of her, the unknown. She feels incredibly alone. She wants to dial our number because right now—more than anything else—she...

Thanks, Christine Conrad and Friends for Hosting Your Derby Party Fundraiser

WINNERS TO US: Christine Conrad hosted a Kentucky Derby fundraising party in May 2018, donating the proceeds to Women's Crisis Services. Thanks Christine and your generous friends! (L) Christine Conrad (R) Jennifer Hutton, CEO.

May Reminds Us that Only Yes Means Yes

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Canada. Sexual assault is something we are concerned about because some of the women we serve have experienced sexual assault from their partners. Yes, sexual assault can occur in marriages and intimate relationships. In 2011...

Hats Off to Mom! was a Huge Success

Hats Off to You! Our inaugural Hats Off to Mom! Mother's day fundraising brunch beat our fundraising goal by a whopping 20%. Thanks to our generous sponsors, to the dozens of businesses and individuals who donated items for our gift bags, silent auction...

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Make a cash donation, donate items from our Wish List, attend one of our fundraising events, donate securities, remember us in your will. and more Learn more.


Host a fundraising event, create your own fundraising page. Raise money for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence and abuse. Learn more.


Use your education, skills and expertise to help women and their children leave abusive relationships and move beyond violence. Learn more.


Looking for a meaningful way to use your spare time to help women and children move beyond violence? Volunteer with us. Learn more.