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 2016, 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

Annual Report Released

The McAuley Community Services for Women 2014/15 Annual Report gives a snapshot of some of the organisation's remarkable achievements, projects and people. As well, it shines a spotlight on some of the challenges facing our organisation and the sector in general.

Mark's stars aligned for McAuley

Heart, head and history might crudely describe Mark Birrell’s contribution to McAuley Community Services for Women’s Board. He marries his excellent business knowledge and impressive corporate experience with a compassion for the women and children who use the services.

Why is family violence OK?

Why is it ok for family violence to happen? That’s the question that composers and musicians Christina Green and Dr Kathleen McGuire are attempting to answer as they prepare for No Excuses! a major event auspiced by the Choir of Hard Knocks, which is being held as part of the Big West Festival in November.