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

The Catherine Circle

The Catherine Circle is a group of people who are passionate about supporting McAuley Community Services for Women and its works with women. The Catherine Circle will be launched on Thursday June 23. Please join us for this important event.

May newsletter out now

The May 2016 edition of our newsletter, Women Matter, is now out. It features our assessment of the Royal Commission's recommendations, a remarkable volunteer Samantha Loff and some amazing contributions by business and philanthropists.

Tim's high tea success

In April 2014 we approached Tim Allan, a graphic designer at Made Visual in Fitzroy, to create the campaign for the McAuley High Tea Appeal. This year he held one of the first High Teas.