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.

In 2015, we helped around 1,000 women and children to rebuild their lives, supporting them on their journey towards independence and safer futures. Currently, we are building Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and hub for women who are homeless in Pickett Street, Footscray. It is due to open in November 2016.


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

March newsletter out now

The March 2016 edition of our newsletter, Women Matter, is out now. It features articles about the Royal Commission, the impact of violence on children, and the people working to make life better for women and children fleeing violence.

Painting a Better World

Emma Schauder wants to make the world better, one brush stroke at a time. And she wants to take a lot of people with her on the creative, justice journey. Emma has great faith in the power of art to make a difference and a group of 12 year old girls and their parents recently confirmed her belief.

Governor is our new Patron

McAuley Community Services for Women is honoured that the first female Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, has agreed to be its inaugural Patron.