McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless.

Following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley – foundress of the Sisters of Mercy – we offer welcoming crisis and longer term accommodation, vital employment services, social and recreational support and children's services.

Our services include:

  • a 24/7 safe house which provides crisis accommodation to women and children who are escaping family violence
  • McAuley House a unique and ground-breaking approach to homelessness services for women
  • a specialist employment program which provides intensive support for women who've been homeless or experienced family violence to find and sustain work
  • children's programs - early intervention services to address the trauma that children experience when they are exposed to family violence
  • Engage to change - an innovative preventative education program helping employers and their employees  proactively address family violence in the workplace.

In the case of emergency please call POLICE 000. To access crisis accommodation call 1800 015 188

We celebrate 10 years

On the anniversary of our founding in 2008, we looked back on how far we'd come. We are also optimistic about what's ahead, says our CEO Jocelyn Bignold.

Family violence funding secure

Minister Martin Foley has announced that we will receive funding to continue and expand our 24/7 family violence crisis work.

Connecting with refugees

We're working with women from regional Victoria who are looking for jobs.
They face significant challenges such as limited English and language skills, as well as the tyranny of distance, in finding work.