Women’s refuges save lives - spread the word!

Women’s refuges save lives. We request that the Prime Minister act swiftly to agree to a long-term secure separate national funding program for women’s refuges to ensure women and children escaping family and domestic violence have a safe haven and access to specialist services to enable them to rebuild their lives.


For further information supporting our Women's Refuges and Housing Program campaign please view:

Are you experiencing domestic and family violence or sexual assault, or seeking to support someone who is?


The national domestic and family violence and sexual assault counselling helpline, information and support service. 1800RESPECT is available 24/7. You can call 1800 737 732 or use the online counselling service to contact a counsellor. For more information go to 1800RESPECT.org.au

If you are in immediate danger call 000.

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Sue Ducker
Lynn Rogers
Carol Kee
Sarah Holmes
Natalie Bain
Crystall Platt
Emma Cannen
Kathy MacDermott
Elizabeth Kentwell
Narelle Moulton
Jill Lyall
Rigmor Berg
Bronwyn Hanna
Jane Bullen
margaret morgan
Debbie Kearns
Sandra Kanck
Karen Mow
Helen L'Orange
Elizabeth Sherborne
Judith Hill
Caroline Graham
Anna Coote
Elle crush
Gloria Nicol
Diane McLauchlan
Philippa Hall
Bronwyn Reid
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  • Sue Ducker
    signed via 2015-09-29 13:43:53 +1000
  • Lynn Rogers
    signed via 2015-09-29 13:36:50 +1000
    Women and children fleeing from domestic danger and violence need purpose designed and fully supported refuges.
  • Carol Kee
    signed 2015-09-29 13:17:35 +1000
  • Sarah Holmes
    signed 2015-09-29 12:55:08 +1000
  • Natalie Bain
    signed 2015-09-29 12:46:20 +1000
  • Crystall Platt
    signed 2015-09-29 12:22:46 +1000
  • Emma Cannen
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-29 12:20:46 +1000
    Sign the petition: Women's Refuges and Housing Program
  • Emma Cannen
    signed 2015-09-29 12:20:01 +1000
  • Kathy MacDermott
    signed 2015-09-29 09:30:28 +1000
  • Elizabeth Kentwell
    signed 2015-09-28 15:33:55 +1000
  • Narelle Moulton
    signed 2015-09-28 12:24:40 +1000
    I live in Kempsey and our refuge has been converted to a generalist homelessness service run by the Samaritans who have no experience in domestic violence and DV. We have a large Aboriginal population and the women won’t use the service. We have heard a lot of stories which are difficult to confirm as we hear nothing. Eventhough it is supposed to be for women and children there have been rumours of men being given accommodation. Staff come from Taree,over an hour away, outreach services are virtually no existent. The Going Home Staying Home reforms are a total disaster. there is a group for women who are looking to establish a community run refuge, many of us were around 40 years ago when we did it the first time. It beggars belief that, while tragic, and due to community outcry, major changes were introduced for the "one punch’ crime. Could I be cynical and say it was males who were affected – yes I will be cynical. We just hope a woman in Kempsey doesn’t die before something is done. Am I pissed off -YES.
  • Jill Lyall
    signed 2015-09-28 07:38:02 +1000
    Womens refuges need to be strengthened, not closed down.
  • Rigmor Berg
    signed via 2015-09-27 21:39:21 +1000
  • Bronwyn Hanna
    signed via 2015-09-27 21:12:14 +1000
    I believe that women-only refuges run by women are a critical part of the response to domestic violence, please reinstate them ASAP.
  • Jane Bullen
    signed 2015-09-27 20:56:19 +1000
  • margaret morgan
    signed 2015-09-26 13:34:21 +1000
  • Debbie Kearns
    signed 2015-09-26 13:17:43 +1000
    Such a great announcement and we all want to see the violence prevented – but meanwhile, women and children need somewhere to go …..
  • Sandra Kanck
    signed 2015-09-26 13:16:55 +1000
  • Karen Mow
    signed via 2015-09-26 12:30:43 +1000
  • Helen L'Orange
    signed 2015-09-26 10:40:00 +1000
    Eliminating violence against women will take along time.

    women’s refuges with wrap around services and transional accommodation are vital for saving women’s lives.

    Yes they cost more than prevention and community education and hotlines but commonwealth and state govts must fund them.

    Cost for 5 yrs $1.982m – see full proposal on WEL website

    WEL and several other women’s organisations are lobbying
  • Elizabeth Sherborne
    signed 2015-09-26 10:27:03 +1000
  • Judith Hill
    signed 2015-09-26 09:01:41 +1000
    These women and children are not homeless. Their homes have become dangerous because of domestic violence, so they need a safe place where they can recover their lives.
  • Caroline Graham
    signed 2015-09-26 07:43:03 +1000
    It is ludicrous not to fund refuges: the most important way to save women and children from violence
  • Anna Coote
    signed 2015-09-26 07:15:06 +1000
  • Elle crush
    signed 2015-09-25 23:21:09 +1000
  • Gloria Nicol
    signed 2015-09-25 22:57:53 +1000
  • Diane McLauchlan
    signed 2015-09-25 22:07:20 +1000
  • Philippa Hall
    signed 2015-09-25 20:35:23 +1000
  • Bronwyn Reid
    signed via 2015-09-25 20:13:43 +1000
    I support the adequate funding of women’s refuges.
  • Anne-Marie O'Neil
    signed 2015-09-25 18:53:38 +1000