Projects & Campaigns

We have received funding from Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to enhance the services we offer to women who were sexually abused as children. We have also received assistance from Hawkesbury City Council in supporting us to stay in this great cottage

Stop DV Day 5th May 2017

Help spread the word that there is support out there for Women and Children experiencing Domestic Violence. Please see our Stop DV day flyer:  2017 Stop DV Day Flyer

Help us Save 1800RESPECT

Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service & Support | 1800RESPECT

Stand Together -

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia goes to Canberra – Unions NSW

  • Counselling service being trashed and staff about to be sacked
  • March to save 1800 RESPECT in Sydney next Thursday
  • People escaping violence need specialist support

The ASU NSW/ACT’s campaign to save 1800 RESPECT is gaining traction with thousands signing up to contact MPs, sign the petition and join the march to save the essential counselling service from privatisation for profit.

A delegation of union officials, specialist workers and survivors met with Minister for Social Services Christian Porter in Canberra this week. ASU NSW Secretary Natalie Lang told Snapshot their message to the Minister was clear.

“All we are asking for is for the government to provide sufficient, sustainable funding to RDVSA so they can employ specialist staff and purchase sufficient equipment to answer all calls to its service.”

Ms Lang said it was clear from the meeting that the Minister has not been provided with accurate information when it comes to the complaints against the triage system put in by Medibank Health Solutions which is impacting heavily on the outcomes for those reaching out for help.

“We asked the Minister to conduct an immediate investigation into Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) and the information it’s provided to his Department.

“We also told him that our campaign is about fundamental values- that a multinational private health insurance company shouldn’t have any involvement in the operation of services to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault.”

ASU delegate Simone said: “the suffering of women, men and children should not be turned into a commodity from which to profit.” Join her and thousands more at a rally to step up the pressure on the Minister.  Thursday 6 April, 11am, Farrer Place, Sydney.


Say No to Violence Campaign

The Womens Cottage SAY NO TO VIOLENCE Campaign was inspired by the Amnesty International’s global campaign to stop violence against women.

Say No is about raising awareness within the local community about violence against women & children. The campaign encourages local businesses and other organisations to take a stand against violence and help raise awareness by displaying an A4 poster (with their name on it ) that makes a statement against violence.

If you Say No to violence against women and children, become part of this campaign by downloading our information pack and/or ordering a poster.

To see examples of the poster click here

If you live in the Hawkesbury area you can order your own customised poster for your business or work place. Simply email the Womens Cottage with the name you want on the poster and let us know if you would like a hard copy or an electronic version. [email protected]

An information pack is available:

Useful Phone Numbers

Lifeline 131114
Domestic Violence crisis line 1800 656 463
Violence against Women National Helpline 1800 200 526
Victims Support Line 1800 633 063
Salvo Care Line 1300 363 622
Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
Department of Community Services 132 111
Police 000
Hawkesbury police 4587 4099
The Womens Cottage 4578 4190
Hawkesbury Nepean Community Legal Centre 45878877
Women’s Legal Resource Centre 9749 5533
Aged– Care rights service 9281 3600
Lesbian and Gay anti-violence project 1800 063 060
Indigenous Women’s Legal Service 1800 639 784
NSW Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017
Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 1800 810 784
Sexual Assault Service 4734 2000
Hawkesbury Hospital 4560 5555

If you live outside the Hawkesbury area maybe you could start your own campaign!