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

A milestone approaches

We will soon be celebrating the 10th year of our formation. Though that was our official start date, we drew on a rich tradition of care and compassion from two pioneering organisations, says our CEO Jocelyn Bignold.

Connecting with refugees

We're working with women from regional Victoria who are looking for jobs.
They face significant challenges such as limited English and language skills, as well as the tyranny of distance, in finding work.

Give a little, change a lot

We celebrated our irreplaceable volunteers recently in National Volunteers Week. More than 40 people make an extraordinary contribution across every aspect of our work. Could you be one of them?