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

Message from our CEO

Continued support from the Victorian Government will mean we can continue and expand our vital 24/7 family violence service, which was previously funded by our Special Event Committee.

'Tamara's' story

A woman who had endured years of family violence was left with huge debts, including for her son's tombstone. Our partnership with WEstjustice helped lift 'Tamara's' burden and get her debts waived.

Untangling the law

Through a partnership with WEstjustice community legal centre, 23 women have had crippling debts totalling $65,000 waived and financial burdens eased.