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Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter

Supporting homeless women and giving them hope

HKWS provides temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness or domestic violence. We advocate on behalf of women experiencing Domestic Violence ensuring they have access to resources and can live their life safe and free from fear.

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter was officially launched in December 2014 and opened its doors to clients in February 2015. It has since been at capacity supporting 10 women at any given time.

The Shelter aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence. We provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis.

Our professional case managers assist with:

Temporary supported accommodation

Resolution of the crisis

Assisting, creating and exploring housing options

Promotion of good health and well being

Life skills to promote independence and self esteem

The HKWS takes a client centered approach to collaborative case management. The maximum stay is 3 months.​

Some Facts and Figures

  • Hornsby is a recognised domestic violence ‘hotspot’ with only half the incidents reported.

  • On a weekly basis an average of 5 women is turned away because we are at capacity.

  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter is one of only two women’s shelter or crisis accommodation on the north shore: the other is in Manly. Together they provide 22 beds.

  • Australia has over 55,000 homeless women and 1 in 2 of these are turned away every night.

  • In many cases women are financially trapped in a situation of domestic violence. They face the choice of becoming homeless or remaining in their current circumstance. There are insufficient services to help women in this situation.

  • Most women are homeless due to domestic violence.

  • Mental illness also plays a big role in women’s homelessness.

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