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  • In 2010, there were 593 shelters for abused women operating in Canada, 24 more than in 2008, the last time this information was collected. Large increases were noted in the number of second-stage housing facilities (up 11% or 11 shelters) and transition homes (up 8% or 22 facilities).

  • The number of beds available to clients of shelters also increased. On April 15, 2010, there were 11,461 beds available in shelters across Canada, an increase of 7% from two years earlier.

  • Between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010 there were over 64,500 admissions of women to shelters across Canada, up 5% from 2007/2008. Almost one-third (31%) of these women had stayed at the shelter before, up from one-quarter (25%) in 2007/2008.

  • Among women staying in transition homes and other shelters on April 15, 2010, abuse was among the most common reasons for admissions (71%). Among abused women, most (67%) were looking for shelter from current partners, and most (60%) had not reported the abuse to police.

  • One-quarter (25%) of all shelters reported serving an on-reserve population, and 64% of all shelters reported offering services sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal clients.

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