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HKWS and Bendigo Bank…

…unite to raise $200,000 in 10 days for a Safe Place.

Health professionals…

and domestic violence case managers partner amidst COVID-19 crisis.

Silent Pandemic:

Women facing domestic violence and homelessness are even more vulnerable.

More funding…

…for domestic violence services needed to cope with Christmas and New Year.


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These two smiling faces were HKWS stallholders extraordinaire at yesterday's #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 Rotary Club of Wahroonga IWD event. Marianna Papadakis and Chania Rodwell are members of our Management Committee and talked about the work we do at the Shelter with visitors, along with ...selling some beautiful handmade craft which has been generously donated by the community to our on-line shop.

Mary-Anne O'Connor is a bestselling Australian Author who grew up in the Bushland Shires of Hornsby and Ku-Ring-Gai. Mary-Anne and Harper Collins will donate $15 back to the Shelter from each book purchased via the HKWS shop. By buying the book through HKWS you help to raise funds that go ...directly to helping women in need in our community.

Watch the video at the link below to hear about the link between the HKWS and the book in a message from the author herself.

And then head to the HKWS shop to buy a copy of her book and support your Shelter.

It was wonderful to be a part of this colourful and festive IWD #ChooseToChallenge community event yesterday. To be included with such an impressive group of women and men doing amazing work is uplifting and we were honoured to be there.

Today on the 110th year of International Women's Day, we choose to acknowledge the incredible work of the frontline case management team of HKWS. Every day, our team of 5 dedicated women #choosetochallange on behalf of vulnerable women who have lost all sense of empowerment.
Our case ...managers confront women at their most vulnerable and work with them to rebuild self-respect, confidence and emotional well-being. These women are the unsung heroes in our community and today we THANK THEM for their incredible impact on the lives of hundreds of families affected by domestic violence. #IWD2021

In great company!
Looking forward to a gorgeous IWD #ChooseToChallenge afternoon with these amazing organisations at @PCYC Hornsby / Ku-ring-gai Thank you to Rotary Club of Wahroonga for including us in this fabulous community event.

This Sunday's International Women's Day event at the PCYC Hornsby / Ku-ring-gai is going to be absolutely amazing.

The Keynote Speaker is Waste Queen - Professor Veena Sahajwalla - a revolutionary inventor who sees rubbish as an opportunity.

"Waste is really one ...of those untapped resources just waiting to be harnessed," she said on her recent Australian Story feature.

Don't miss out - tickets essential -


Huge congratulations to our colleagues at Parramatta Women's Shelter on their First Birthday! Since opening their doors, they've welcomed more than 80 mums and kids in need of a safe place to stay. Why not join them on Facebook Live for a special celebration!

International Women’s Day (IWD) is on March 8 2021. The theme this year is “Let’s all Choose to Challenge”, which is about choosing to call out gender bias and inequality and seek out and celebrate womens’ achievements.
HKWS’ mission is to empower women in crisis to create a better... future. The shelter offers vulnerable women a safe and supportive environment to escape and recover from the trauma of domestic violence and homelessness. We provide practical services and a caring shoulder to lean on to help women rebuild their lives.

Are you holding a private or corporate event and seek a speaker? We invite you to get in touch and discuss how you can choose to challenge and help empower women. #ChooseToChallenge

Thank you Dannielle Miller for your ongoing incredible work with the Walk the Talk schools programme through Women's Community Shelters. The smiles on the faces of these Year 10 Loreto Normanhurst girls (and yours!) is testimony indeed.