Acceptance, Empowerment, Resilience

Supporting Women and Children of the Hawkesbury Area Since 1983

The Women’s Cottage is a community based support and resource centre, run by women, for women (and their children) who live, work or study in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area and it’s immediate surrounds.

Drop-In / Phone-In Service is available to access the Women’s Advocacy Violence Emergency (W.A.V.E.) Support Worker.

No appointment is needed for the Drop-In Service but to access these Women’s Cottage services women should drop-in or ring within the hours listed below:

See our Group program by clicking Groups under the main menu.

The Women’s Cottage offers specialist, experienced and skilled support for women who have experienced violence and abuse and a range of other support services including:

  • Confidential crisis support and advocacy.
  • Case management and referrals
  • Healthy relationship information & Safety plans for leaving or living with abuse,
  • Emotional & psychological support and preparation for court (we do not offer legal advice).
  • Therapeutic, social and interest groups. (for details see Groups)
  • A children’s play room
  • Activities, courses & information for women & children.
  • Safe & experienced child-minding for group participants
  • Access to either low cost or free (specialist) counselling services for:
    • Women who have experienced an abusive / violent intimate partner relationship
    • Women who were sexually abused as a child
    • Women who are dealing with difficult life issue

The Women’s Cottage also provides:

  • A venue for women’s groups to meet.
  • Information Brochures in ARABIC and SPANISH

The Women’s Cottage keeps a range of information on a variety of topics including:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Advocacy services
  • Children’s services
  • Courses & groups
  • Women’s Health information, including mental health
  • Information on local and regional services

HAWKS, The Women’s Cottage:

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