Empowering women in crisis to create a better future

Empowering women in crisis to create a better future

WHO WE ARE

The Shelter aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence.

What we do

We provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis.

Get Involved

Help the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter fill a much needed gap in emergency housing for victims of domestic violence and homelessness.

Donate Now

Every dollar received benefits the shelter directly. Our board and supporting committees consist of dedicated, unpaid volunteers.

296

reported domestic violence assaults in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Council areas in the last year

316

women safely housed at our shelter since opening in Feb 2015 (as at Dec 2018)

85%

needed help due to domestic violence, 15% were homeless

97%

had a tailored case plan within 72 hours of shelter arrival

OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

Give regularly

The shelter is dependent on donations. Every dollar received benefits the shelter directly.

Partnerships

We are always keen to connect and form partnerships. Contact us for more information.

Fundraising

Set up your own fundraiser for the shelter.

Volunteer

If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up as a volunteer. When we need someone, we will put out a call.

Bequests

Leaving a gift in your will can make a real difference to support women in crisis.

Yvonne's Story

For ten years, Yvonne had lived in the same local home after fleeing her violent husband with teenage children. As her children became adults and moved out, Yvonne struggled to pay rent on her own and surmount increasing debt. Unable to make ends meet, Yvonne was living with a friend before calling our shelter for help.

Kate’s New Start

Why should our shelter offer a bed to 58 year old Kate? No way our shelter should offer a bed to Kate . . . of aboriginal heritage and until recently she consumed around two litres of alcohol a day.
But there’s more to Kate’s story.

Turning Sara's Life Around

35 year old Sara arrived at our shelter after ending her 14 year marriage. The trauma of her miscarriage caused by violence finally gave her the strength to leave. As Sara talked withher caseworker, their eyes never met as Sara was too ashamed to interact with anyone.

Yvonne's Story

For ten years, Yvonne had lived in the same local home after fleeing her violent husband with teenage children. As her children became adults and moved out, Yvonne struggled to pay rent on her own and surmount increasing debt. Unable to make ends meet, Yvonne was living with a friend before calling our shelter for help.

Kate’s New Start

Why should our shelter offer a bed to 58 year old Kate? No way our shelter should offer a bed to Kate . . . of aboriginal heritage and until recently she consumed around two litres of alcohol a day. But there’s more to Kate’s story.

Turning Sara's Life Around

35 year old Sara arrived at our shelter after ending her 14 year marriage. The trauma of her miscarriage caused by violence finally gave her the strength to leave. As Sara talked withher caseworker, their eyes never met as Sara was too ashamed to interact with anyone.

RECENT NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep
21
Sat
The Main Event @ Thornleigh Community Centre
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Main Event @ Thornleigh Community Centre | Thornleigh | NSW | Australia

Join Soroptimist International Hornsby for a musical afternoon to raise funds for your local Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter.

Saturday, 21 September
2:00pm

Tickets $30 | Includes musical entertainment, afternoon tea and raffles.

Enquiries: sihornsby@siswp.org | 0419 150 151

Oct
27
Sun
St Ives Coffee Crew @ St Ives Shopping Village
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
St Ives Coffee Crew @ St Ives Shopping Village | Sydney | NSW | Australia

Once again thanks to the team at St Ives Shopping Village, we will be hosting our information table. If you can spare some time, this is a special way to volunteer for your shelter, sell some raffle tickets and connect with the community.

Nov
5
Tue
Save the Date: Melbourne Cup Luncheon @ Pymble Golf Club
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Save the Date: Melbourne Cup Luncheon @ Pymble Golf Club | Sydney | NSW | Australia

Save the Date for our 2019 Melbourne Cup Luncheon hosted by the Pymble Ladies Golf Club Members.

A wonderful day of sweeps, raffles, lucky door prizes and delicious lunch. Dress for the races and enjoy an afternoon with your friends while raising money for your favourite Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter.

Full details and ticket cost available shortly.

If you would like to be featured in our major raffle, please reach out to us at office@hkws.org.au

Nov
16
Sat
A Ladies Afternoon of Fashion, Fun and Fizz! @ The Galston Club
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A Ladies Afternoon of Fashion, Fun and Fizz! @ The Galston Club | Galston | NSW | Australia

The Rotary Club of Galston proudly presents an afternoon of fun, fashion and fizz!

The event starts at 2pm with bubbles on arrival. Enjoy browsing through the stalls whilst sipping on your champagne and canapés!

The fashion parade is presented by Blumes boutique, Dural and the Galston Zumba ladies have kindly offered to be the models on the day!

Tickets $20 and which includes a complimentary glass of bubbles, canapés and fashion show

All funds raised will go to the Hornsby Women’s Refuge, thank you for your support!

Nov
22
Fri
Save the Date : Barker College Christmas Fair @ Barker College
Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Save the Date : Barker College Christmas Fair @ Barker College | Sydney | NSW | Australia

The Barker Christmas Fair is on again! and we have been invited to participate.

We will be there along with quality stalls offering a wide variety of Christmas goods and giftware. All welcome! Bring your friends and get your Christmas shopping done in air conditioned comfort. A gold coin donation is appreciated on entry.

Mar
29
Sun
The Bobbo 2019 @ Karuah Oval
Mar 29 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Bobbo 2019 @ Karuah Oval | Wahroonga | NSW | Australia

The Bobbin Head Cycle Classic is an annual cycling event with rides to suit all levels of ability, from families to the super serious. Organised by Rotary, the BHCC raises money to support Lifeline’s suicide prevention services, as well as a number of other charities.

The ride takes in some of the most beautiful scenery on Sydney’s north shore: leafy residential streets, a pristine national park, rolling hills and open countryside. Registration will open in December for the 104km, 80km, 57km, or 27km rides, or sponsor a rider and let them do the peddling for you!

Sign up to hear when Registration opens and how you can be in the running to win some fabulous prizes: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/j/94393274C137E47C

We will also be coordinating and calling for Volunteers. Think about making this a corporate give back day and spend the morning with your work colleagues. Let us know you are interested by emailing office@hkws.org.au

Apr
1
Wed
HKWS 2020 Trek
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
HKWS 2020 Trek

In April 2020, Kylie Macdonald (Morgans Financial Limited) is dedicating her annual team trek to Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, your north Shore based womens shelter providing a home to victims of domestic abuse and homelessness.

11 intrepid spirits will join Kylie on this very special #hkws2020trek and we encourage you to consider supporting them.

The following basic statistics help demonstrate the prevalence and severity of violence against women:

1. On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.
2. 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
3. 1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence.
4. 1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by current or former partner.
5. 1 in 4 Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.
6. Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner.
7. Australian women are almost four times more likely than men to be hospitalised after being assaulted by their spouse or partner.
8. Women are more than twice as likely as men to have experienced fear or anxiety due to violence from a former partner.
9. More than two-thirds (68%) of mothers who had children in their care when they experienced violence from their previous partner said their children had seen or heard the violence.
10. Almost one in 10 women (9.4%) have experienced violence by a stranger since the age of 15.
11. Young women (18 – 24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups.
12. There is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence.
13. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence in the previous.12 months at 3.1 times the rate of non-Indigenous women.
14. Indigenous women are 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-Indigenous women.14

#hkws2020trek

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