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

Mental health submission

We have emphasised the need for more community mental health services in our submission to Victoria's Royal Commission into mental health.

McAuley Education program runs the first tutorial session

McAuley Education is a new project running in our family violence program, providing children who are in our safe house or refuges with support relating to their education.

Lights, camera, action

Recently McAuley House became a hive of activity when the Gardening Australia team came to help us overhaul our rooftop garden.

All home safely?

Our CEO Jocelyn Bignold asks how we can reduce the lethal annual family violence 'toll.'