If you’re in a violent situation and you need immediate assistance, please call Triple 0.
The privacy and safety of the guests in each of these establishments is paramount, and so you might not find their addresses posted online anywhere. Give them a call, and they’ll be able to provide you with the assistance you require. They’re here to help.
24 Hour Emergency Accommodation and Women’s Shelters in Canberra
These organisations provide emergency accommodation 24 hours a day to all women across the ACT.
- Ask Izzy: A complete resource of all available options across Canberra.
- Salvation Army: 13 72 58
- Beryl Women’s Refuge: 02 6288 1622 (Australia’s oldest women’s shelter.)
- Karinya House for Mothers and Babies: 02 6259 8998 (The only residential and outreach facility available for pregnant and parenting women in the ACT. Provides emergency accommodation and other services to women and their children.)
- Toora House: 02 6241 723 (Provides a 24-hour service for women over 16 years old who are homeless for any reason)
Business hours emergency housing and women’s shelters in Canberra
Canberra has a range of organisations who will help you find safe crisis accommodation for yourself and your family while you work to find something more long term. If you can secure a place for the night, these organisations are your first call tomorrow. Due to the high demand on these services, we recommend calling them promptly. In addition to accommodation questions, they can provide you with much needed guidance on financial, legal and emotional support.
- OneLink: 1800 176 468
- YWCA of Canberra Housing Support: 02 6175 9900
- Northside Community Services Transitional Housing: 1800 176 468
- Doris Women’s Shelter: 02 6278 9999 (Transitional accommodation and outreach support for women and children leaving domestic and family violence.)
Medium and long term women’s housing Canberra
For medium length to longer stays, check out the organisations below. They’ll provide you with any assistance you might need while you begin your journey to recovery from domestic violence. From less than a week to more than a year, these services can help you get back on your feet financially and emotionally.
- Got Your Back Sista: 1300 733 689 (Provides long term, sustainable and independent housing for women and their children who are escaping from domestic violence.)
- YWCA Housing
- Salvation Army: 13 72 58
Domestic Family Violence Plan
If you’re in a relationship that’s violent – whether that relationship is romantic, platonic, or familial – and you’re looking for a way out, there are people out there who can and will help. You might feel like there’s nowhere in the world you can turn. In fact, Canberra has a number of places ready and willing to offer help. You need only ask. Remember – you are not alone.
If any of these statements below sound familiar to you, seeking help is your best option:
- I’m worried for my safety if I leave
- I don’t have friends or family who could support me
- I’m worried about the affect this will have on my children
- He always says sorry afterwards
- If I leave, I lose all our friends or our community
- I don’t have enough money to leave
- What if he tries to take our children?
Leaving a violent relationship is tough, but there are places you can turn. These places will help you make the first steps towards living a happy, safe, violence-free life.