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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Nizza Siano
Dr Shirley Patton
Mary Smith
Susan Magarey
Monika Allan
Louise Collins
Sylvia Kinder
Meg Coulson
John Weate
Glenda Gartrell
Sue Bate
Christine Nixon
Sebria Lawrence
David Glenn-Hume
Chris Burke
Shannon Regazzoli
Katie Gompertz
Lesley Laing
Tracie Conroy
Wendy Bacon
Lisa Clancy
Susan G Harris Rimmer
Morgan King
C Edwards
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  • Nizza Siano
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-25 18:52:01 +1000
    Sign the petition: Women's Refuges and Housing Program
  • Nizza Siano
    @NizzaSiano tweeted link to this page. 2015-09-25 18:51:58 +1000
    Sign the petition: Women's Refuges and Housing Program http://www.wel.org.au/?recruiter_id=2559
  • Nizza Siano
    signed 2015-09-25 18:51:35 +1000
  • Dr Shirley Patton
    signed via 2015-09-25 18:23:10 +1000
  • Mary Smith
    signed 2015-09-25 17:37:00 +1000
  • Susan Magarey
    signed 2015-09-25 17:24:38 +1000
  • Monika Allan
    signed 2015-09-25 17:15:16 +1000
    I remember when Elsie the first women’s refuge was set up in the mid-70s. The lack of refuges for women escaping violence now is a total disgrace Mr Turnbull.
  • Louise Collins
    signed 2015-09-25 16:46:16 +1000
  • Sylvia Kinder
    signed 2015-09-25 16:34:54 +1000
    I totally agree with the statements made in this petition. As a 17 year old (60 years ago) I left home to escape sexual abuse and the emotional abuse of my mother. Luckily I was able to fend for myself with difficulty. There was no other option, no shelters or safe place, shame prevented me telling anyone. In the early 70’s feminists established women’s shelters in squats with volunteer workers, they lobbied for funding and continued to support these shelters with volunteer as well as paid labour. We should not need to go back to this form of care for women and children in need. Adequate funding should be secure and not changed at the whim of short lived governments.
  • Meg Coulson
    signed 2015-09-25 15:35:59 +1000
  • John Weate
    signed 2015-09-25 15:22:43 +1000
  • Glenda Gartrell
    signed 2015-09-25 14:15:53 +1000
    Too little attention is being paid to the causes of domestic violence and the role of refuges as a first response for women
  • Sue Bate
    signed 2015-09-25 13:31:28 +1000
  • Christine Nixon
    signed 2015-09-25 13:27:42 +1000
    Funding for women’s refuges is vital to assist women make choices about the future for themselves and their children
  • Sebria Lawrence
    signed via 2015-09-25 13:18:24 +1000
  • David Glenn-Hume
    signed 2015-09-25 12:53:22 +1000
  • Chris Burke
    signed via 2015-09-25 12:24:28 +1000
    Thanks for you fantastic work! I was a founding worker for Essie Women’s Refuge back in the 70s. Time for social action once again! :)
  • Shannon Regazzoli
    signed 2015-09-25 10:57:32 +1000
  • Katie Gompertz
    signed 2015-09-25 10:45:23 +1000
    It’s paramount to separate homelessness from Domestic Violence (or Family Terrorism). FT needs it’s own national program with separate policies and agendas. The WRAHP is an important national program to stem the tide of FT in Australia.
  • Lesley Laing
    signed 2015-09-25 10:28:02 +1000
  • Tracie Conroy
    signed 2015-09-25 10:23:46 +1000
  • Lisa Clancy
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-09-25 10:11:37 +1000
    Sign the petition: Women's Refuges and Housing Program
  • Lisa Clancy
    @lizzie1958 tweeted link to this page. 2015-09-25 10:11:33 +1000
    Sign the petition: Women's Refuges and Housing Program http://www.wel.org.au/?recruiter_id=3834
  • Wendy Bacon
    signed 2015-09-25 10:10:54 +1000
    Until there is national secure funding for comprehensive front line services including refuges with 24/7 support for women in every part of Australia, our governments and our community will be complicit in exposing women and children to danger. Please pass on this petition
  • Lisa Clancy
    signed 2015-09-25 10:10:52 +1000
  • Susan G Harris Rimmer
    @FemInt tweeted link to this page. 2015-09-25 08:41:07 +1000
    Sign the petition: Women's Refuges and Housing Program http://www.wel.org.au/wrahp?recruiter_id=4298
  • Susan G Harris Rimmer
    signed 2015-09-25 08:40:13 +1000
  • Morgan King
    signed 2015-09-25 07:51:35 +1000
  • C Edwards
    signed 2015-09-25 06:34:15 +1000
  • Melanie Buckley
    signed 2015-09-25 00:04:42 +1000