Austrian Women’s Shelter Network
The Austrian Women’s Shelter Network is an affiliation of women working in the autonomous women’s shelters and was founded in 1988. The network is a non-profit organisation and is funded by subsidies, research contracts and donations.
The network runs 4 independent projects:
Information Center Against Violence (Informationsstelle
The emergency service provides information for different target groups (victims, their neighbours, journalists, pupils, students, teachers, institutions, politicians etc.).
Other tasks are: public relations, networking, training and further education, research and the development of new strategies, international co-operations.
The Information Center Against Violence was established in 1991.
In a comprehensive database on the internet one can find various kind of information on the subject of violence against women and children in Europe: www.wave-network.org
Women’s Helpline Against Male Violence (Frauenhelpline
A nationwide, toll-free, anonymous women’s Helpline (0800/222 555) is currently in operation in Austria. It is staffed round the clock by qualified women specialists.
online search: www.plattformgegendiegewalt.at
Violence against women and children
Forms of violence
Physical assault such as striking, pushing, punching, pinching, hitting with an object etc.
Damage to property, destroying furnishings or personal belongings, inflicting pain on pets etc.
Menacing behaviour and coercion, such as: “If you leave me, I’ll kill you!”
Harassment like incessant telephone calls, threatening e-mails or text messages, stalking etc.
Isolation, verbal abuse, denigration, economic violence, sexual violence etc.
Shelters provide women with more than just a roof over their heads. They serve as refuge for women and their children in emergencies. And they give women the chance to consider their next steps in peace and without pressure. They make up their own minds wether or not to leave the perpetrator.