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.

Located at:
22 Bosworth Street Richmond
Phone 02 4578 4190

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:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30am – 1pm


Tuesday 9.30am – 4pm
Thursday afternoons

Monday afternoon

3pm – 7pm

1.30pm – 4pm

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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