Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter opened its doors in February 2015 offering safe emergency accommodation and support services to women facing domestic violence and homelessness.
HKWS offers accommodation for a period of three months with an expert team of professionals providing tailored case management to help women reclaim their lives and create a safe and happy future. This includes access to health, legal, education and employment services.
The Shelter can support up to 10 women at a time. Women who cannot be immediately housed can access the HKWS Outreach Program.
HKWS also supports and manages Beecroft House which is a Shelter for women aged 55+ years and has a capacity for 17 women. In addition to the Shelters, HKWS also provides outreach services for past Shelter clients or women with their own accommodation needing additional support.
Part of the Women’s Community Shelter’s network whose funding model involves a collaboration between business, philanthropic foundations, local communities and the NSW and Commonwealth Government.
HKWS is a registered charity. We rely on the generosity and kindness of people and businesses in our community.
Our support services empower vulnerable women through opportunities for personal growth and the development of life skills, to build a self reliant future. Read some of the client stories below to find out more
A Bright Future for Yvonne
Yvonne fled her violent husband and established a new life with her teenage children. Underweight, anxious and with no financial security, Yvonne struggled to make ends meet. On the brink of homlessness, Yvonne turned to HKWS for help.
A New Beginning for Kate
The death of her two sons led to the breakdown of Kate’s family. Her husband began abusing her and Kate turned to the solace of alcohol to mask the pain of her situation. On the verge of a breakdown, HKWS was there to help Kate recover and turn her life around.
A Safer Path for Sara
When Sara was aged 35 years, she arrived at Hornsby Kuringgai Women’s Shelters after she decided to end her marriage of 14 years. The terrible trauma of a miscarriage, which was caused by violence, meant Sara finally found the courage and strength to leave.
Women safely housed since opening
Women supported through HKWS Outreach Program
Women assisted in 2019
A further 105 couldn’t be helped because of a lack of resources
ANNUAL GIVING APPEAL 2022
Thanks to you, we were able to buy a safe home for women in need of crisis accommodation in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area. A place where women are supported as they rebuild their lives.
Thanks to you, we were also able to carry out renovations and upgrades to ensure our home is safe, sound, sustainable and secure for the women and children in our care. Thank you.
Tragically, after the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia the demand for our services has never been greater. Women we know need our support.
We are asking for your help. Your donations this tax time will enable us to hire an additional caseworker and provide holistic and crucial support services across our three program settings – including accommodation, medical, legal and employment support.
Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today and help a woman heal from trauma and create a better future. Thank you for caring.
dressed by iris book
Best-selling Australian author Mary-Anne O’Connor’s captivating new book, Dressed by Iris, has recently been released. A vivid, romantic story of Sydney in the 1930s and one young woman’s dream of designing her way from rags to riches.
Click here to buy the book today!
Books have been generously donated by SOS Removals so all profits from the book sold via HKWS go back to the Shelter. Your purchase is directly helping women in need in our community.
Return and earn
Did you know you can select HKWS as your charity when you return and earn?
Help reduce litter on the streets AND support the shelter at the same time. 200 bottles houses one woman for one night!
Click here to hear from Louise McCann about why she and her family are getting behind this initiative.
And you don’t have to be in our state to donate to us through Return and Earn using their new App.
dv AWARENESS PRESENTATION
Hosted by St Mark’s Anglican Church in Berowra. Snr Constable Natasha Doggett and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter will share their knowledge of domestic abuse and support services. The event is for ages 16+
Come along to learn more and be part of the solution in the fight against domestic abuse in our country.