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. In November 2016 we opened the new McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and hub for women who are homeless, in Pickett Street, Footscray.


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

From the CEO

Poverty, mental health and social disadvantage are so often intricately connected, together contributing to a raft of other challenges which can sometimes be hard to escape.

Launch of new book

The Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Liana Buchanan has launched 'Smarty Pants, Kitty or Tiger?" a book where children and women give voice to their experiences of family violence.

Women Matter Newsletter

Read the latest from our CEO, the Catherine Circle project for 2017-18 as well as reports on the 2016-17 projects, community support for the women and children coming to McAuley and so much more.