Womens Shelter

About Us

Need Help?

Need Help?

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.

Hobart Women’s Shelter is the second oldest women’s and children’s refuge in Australia.

It provides a range of programs to women and children at risk of homelessness and / or who are experiencing family violence. Hobart Women’s Shelter aims to empower women and children to lead independent and fulfilling lives and envisions that all women and their children can live in a community free from violence and injustice.

Core Business

Hobart Women's Shelter core business is providing safe, emergency accommodation and support to women who are affected by family violence and those who are homeless. The shelter operates 11 dispersed emergency accommodation properties (owned by Housing Tasmania) throughout Hobart, serviced by an administrative and community centre located in Glenorchy. A coordinated approach assists women and children address their housing, legal, emotional support, health, education, employment, financial support and other needs.

In addition to direct services, Hobart Women's Shelter raises awareness about issues experienced by women who are homeless and/or affected by family violence. We work with the community through advocacy, partnerships, education, training and consultation.


The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) provides the main source of funding for Hobart Women's Shelter through the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA).  Other sources of funding include small community grants, client fees, interest on bank accounts, rent, donations and fundraising.

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