If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or are at risk of homelessness and need help or support, please click the link below to go through to our Helpful Links page where you will find links to support services.
There are national and state-based agencies that can assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our core business is providing safe, emergency accommodation and support to women who are affected by family violence and those who are homeless
Hobart Women's Shelter provides support and a coordinated approach to assist women and children to address their housing, legal, emotional support, health, education, employment, financial support and other needs.
When should I call Hobart Women’s Shelter?
You can contact Hobart Women’s Shelter if:
- You are escaping domestic/family violence
- You have nowhere to sleep tonight
- If you are currently sleeping in temporary accommodation (for example, another person’s house or couch-surfing).
What happens if I call Hobart Women’s Shelter?
A support worker will talk with you about your situation. We take a few details and provide information about how we can help you.
What support is offered?
Each woman who stays with the Hobart Women's Shelter has a support worker who can help with:
- Practical support for settling into the safe house
- Getting information
- Identifying options
- Making your own decisions
- Exploring long term accommodation options
- Other referral sources
If we can accommodate you, we will do a risk assessment over the phone and ask you to come into HWS for intake. A support worker will explain rent, support available and the conditions of your stay, which will be up to 6 weeks.
How does Hobart Women’s Shelter make decisions about who to prioritise for accommodation?
Unfortunately, requests for accommodation far exceed availability. Hobart Women’s Shelter has 11 properties of different sizes in different locations. We match women and children with houses, taking into consideration their suitability for available properties (number of children, transport options and safety) and current need. We do not have a list that you move up as time progresses.