Stay up to date with our media
Read about our proposal for three new regional women's health centres:
TAMWORTH FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE SAYS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROBLEMS ARE BIGGER THAN THEY APPEAR - Northern Daily Leader, 21 April 2017
WOMEN'S CENTRE WILL FILL THE GAPS - Barrier Daily Truth, 10 April 2017
HEALTH CENTRE TALKS BEGIN - Barrier Daily Truth, 5 April 2017
CALLS FOR A DEDICATED WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTRE IN GRIFFITH ARE GROWING LOUDER AFTER A PROPOSAL WAS SUBMITTED TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT - Win News Riverina, 3 April 2017
TAMWORTH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE CALLS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EARLY INTERVENTION - The Northern Daily Leader, 3 April 2017
TAMWORTH CITY COUNCIL LOBBIED TOP SUPPORT A NEW WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTRE FOR THE REGION - The Northern Daily Leader, 3 April 2017
SOS WOMEN'S SERVICES AND LEICHHARDT WOMEN'S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE LOBBY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF TAMWORTH WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTRE - The Northern Daily Leader, 3 April 2017
SOS WOMEN'S SERVICES IS LEADING THE CAMPAIGN FOR A ONE-STOP HEALTH SHOP FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH IN TAMWORTH - Prime News North West, 3 April 2017 https://youtu.be/eVYpxHij5Ug?t=467
$1.3M HEALTH BOOST - Barrier Daily Truth, 3 April 2017
Read about our new Career Mentoring Program with Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre for girls in Sydney's Girls Refuges, all made possible thanks to a special grant from Impact100 Sydney.
IMPACT100 SYDNEY AWARDS INAUGURAL $100,000 GRANT - Generosity Magazine, 20 April 2017
JULES SEBASTIAN HEADLINES NEW CAREER MENTORING PROGRAM FOR GIRLS DOING IT TOUGH - Inner West Courier, 3 April 2017
GUY AND JULES SEBASTIAN OPEN NEW GARDEN RENOVATION - 6 September 2016
Read about our proposal to establish Domestic Violence Prevention Clinics in 17 multi-disciplinary women's health centres in NSW, submitted to the Minister for Health and the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in August 2016. and receiving media coverage in: The Sun-Herald; Illawarra Mercury; Coffs Harbour Advocate; WIN Albury and Wagga; Prime Wagga, Orange and State-wide; ABC Radio News; ABC Central Coast and Central West Morning Shows; 2ST Nowra, Shoalhaven; 2HD Newcastle; Bankstown-Canterbury Torch and The Sydney Morning Herald. Below is a sample of the media.
ONE-STOP-SHOP TO HELP WOMEN IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATIONS- Illawarra Mercury, 17 August 2017
CRISIS CLINIC BID, Bankstown Torch, 17 August 2017
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINICS IN HEALTH CENTRES PROPOSED TO REACH UNTAPPED VICTIMS - The Sun-Herald, 14 August 2016
WOMEN'S REFUGES NEED REINVENTION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT - The Sun-Herald editorial, 7 August 2016
REFUGE REFIT PLAN KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER - The Sun-Herald, 7 August 2016
Read the release about our proposal with The Sebastian Foundation asking the NSW Government to transform refuges from communal living to self-contained units:
SEBASTIANS PROVIDE HOPE AT GIRLS REFUGE - Inner West Courier, 6 July 2016
'NSW Government in the dark on women's shelters' - Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2016
Read the Media Release about the new kitchen at The Girls Refuge.
'Guy Sebastian and wife Jules roll up their sleeves to build new kitchen for a Sydney girls' shelter as The Sebastian Foundation launches domestic violence campaign' - Daily Mail, 25 June 2016
NSW Budget - Statement from SOS Women's Services. 21 June 2016
'SOS Women’s Services calling for cash injection into DV services in NSW Budget' - Port Stephens Examiner, Monday 17 May 2016
'Griffith woman speaks out to lobby for more domestic violence funding in the upcoming NSW budget' - The Daily Advertiser, Monday 11 May 2016
'The missing link in government pledges on domestic violence: Where do the women flee to?' - Sydney Morning Herald, 8 May 2016
Real women tell their stories of domestic violence to MPs to continue to improve services in NSW.
Click the cover below to download a pdf version of the Stories of Survival booklet.
Click the link below to download the Joint Release with Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Jenny Aitchison - 8 May 2016
'Greater funding for women and children's refuge' - Coffs Coast Advocate, 18 April 2016
'Funding lifeline for crucial women's support service welcomed' - read the joint media release from SOS and Jamie Parker, 10 March 2016
'More support for SOS proposal to retain domestic violence court support worker' - Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2016
'Domestic violence in teenagers — why aren’t we talking about it?' SOS spokeswoman Roxanne McMurray speaks about teenage domestic violence. Daily Telegraph, 6 February 2016
'What happens when women have nowhere else to go?' - SOS radio interview on current state of women's services. 2SER, 4 February 2016
NSW Government reconsiders SOS proposal to keep essential court program operating. SMH, 29 January 2016
SOS welcomes major announcement on women's refuges. 16 November 2015
Download a pdf copy of the SOS info sheet - THE NSW GOVERNMENT’S GOING HOME STAYING HOME REFORMS: End of year update by clicking the image below.
'Pass all the laws you like, but domestic violence victims need shelters' - The Drum, 15 October 2015
Download the latest SOS Media Statement (14 October 2015) by clicking on the image below.
'Safe refuges for women crucial to changing the story of domestic violence' - Sydney Morning Herald, 13 November 2015
'Women’s refuge in the Hills already has waiting list' - Hills Shire Times, 9 October 2015
'Call for women's refuge to support domestic violence victims in Orange' - ABC News, 7 October 2015
'New women's refuge opens in Sydney's west to address domestic violence' - SMH, 16 September 2015
Download the SOS infosheet for the latest on our campaign (August 2015) by clicking on the image below.
'Pleas for support for women and children fleeing domestic violence' - News Local, 21 July 2015
'No safe refuge for domestic violence victims in Goulburn' - Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2015
'Domestic violence victims turn to motels with few after-hours refuges left' - Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2015
'The daily terror on the home front' - Editorial, Sun Herald, Sunday 5 July 2015
Sun Herald, Sydney - Sunday 5 July 2015
'Home isn't a refuge for domestic violence victims' - Sydney Morning Herald, 23 April 2015
'Turned away: desperate search for help ended in death for Leila Alavi' - Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April 2015
SOS Election Statement
SOS Women's Services has released an Election Statement prior to the NSW State Election on Saturday. Please click the image below to download the full statement (a multi-page pdf).
'Concerns over video surveillance in Dubbo women's refuge' - Sydney Morning Herald, 24 March 2015
'Within a decade, 238 homicides in NSW occurred in domestic violence context: report' - ABC News, Tuesday 24 March 2015
'Forster a domestic violence hotspot but no funding' - Great Lakes Advocate, 18 March 2015
'Domestic violence story must be told' - Great Lakes Advocate, 18 March 2015
'Labor announce to support the Yacaaba Centre if elected' - Port Stephens Examiner, 18 March 2015
'The deadly consequences of domestic violence' - The Daily Telegraph, 17 March 2015
'Mid-March for equality' - Alt Media, 12 March 2015
'Vital services in Nelson Bay thrown lifeline.' Port Stephens Examiner, 11 March 2015
'The Salvation Army apologises for comments suggesting women fleeing domestic violence should not 'use and abuse' shelters' - ABC, Monday 9 March 2015
'How funding changes in NSW locked women out of domestic violence refuges' - The Guardian, 9 March 2015
'Domestic violence campaigner calls for more funding for women's refuges' - ABC News, 9 March 2015
'Home Truths: the costs and causes of domestic violence.' The Monthly Essays. 9 March 2015
'Left in harms way' - Radio National, Background Briefing, Sunday 8 March 2015
'Domestic violence victim forced to sleep in Nowra Police Station' - Bega District News, Wednesday 25 February 2015
'Ignorance is holding us back: Rosie Batty on sentencing for domestic violence offenders' - Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday 22 February 2015
'Researchers see discrepancies in judiciary's handling of NSW domestic violence cases' - Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday 22 February 2015
'Women's lives at risk after refuges close' - ABC Radio, The World Today, Thursday 19 February 2015
'Nelson Bay's emergency housing and counselling service provider needs vital funding' - Port Stephens Examiner, Wednesday 4 February 2015
Listen to Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty speak to Linda Mottram on ABC 702 Radio about Domestic Violence in NSW.
- Wednesday 4 February 2015
Listen to SOS Spokeswoman Roxanne McMurray speak to Robbie Buck on ABC 702 Radio about the importance of women-only services. - Wednesday 4 February 2015
'Advocates say refuge changes leaving women at risk: Reforms are a 'failed experiment'' - Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 2015
'Domestic violence funding in NSW: Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year raises profile of state 'epidemic'' - SMH, 26 January 2015
'Vital accommodation a step closer' - Great Lakes Advocate - 12 December, 2014
'Threat made to mum and child denied' - Daily Liberal, 10 December 2014
'Quentin Bryce says it is up to men to confront domestic violence' - The Guardian, 2 December 2014
'Investigation begins into Dubbo Emergency Accommodation Project' - Daily Liberal, 29 November 2014
'Advocacy group raises concerns' - Daily Liberal, 28 November 2014
SOS Spokeswoman Roxanne McMurray speaks to 2HD Newcastle - 27 November 2014
'Investigation into new women's refuge at Dubbo begins' - ABC News, 27 November 2014
'Advocacy group wants women escaping domestic violence to have separate refuges from homeless addicts' - ABC News, 26 November 2014
SOS Spokeswoman Roxanne McMurray was interviewed by ABC Dubbo this morning - 26 November 2014
SOS Spokeswoman Roxanne McMurray speaks to ABC Bega - 26 November 2014 NOTE: this audio may take a few moments to play. Please be patient.
'Meeting to discuss Taree refuge changeover' - Great Lakes Advocate, 26 November 2014
'Domestic violence SOS' - Great Lakes Advocate, 26 November 2014
Prime News ran a story on the evening news, 25 November 2014 (NSW Hotspots campaign) about the plight of women escaping violence at home in Northern NSW. Click the link below to watch the story.
'Future of Lismore domestic violence refuge still in doubt' - Northern Star, 25 November 2014
'Save Our Women's Services campaign hits Cooma' - Cooma Express, 25 November 2014
'Save our Services focus switches to Bega Women's Refuge' - Bega District News. 25 November 2014
SOS has launched a statewide hotspots media campaign. 24 November 2014
Visit THE PROBLEM page on our website for local releases.
'Women’s refuges reeling as funds dry up' - The Leader, 20 November 2014
'Sex discrimination commissioner urges prominent men to join action against domestic violence' - SBS, 20 November 2014
'Domestic violence calls rise 86 per cent in two years; every Melbourne suburb affected' - Herald Sun, 19 November 2014
'Cr Kellie Marsh continues fight for domestic violence service' - Illawarra Mercury, 17 November 2014
'Wollongong Women's Housing institution to close doors' - The Illawarra Mercury, 11 November 2014
'Labor announces domestic violence policy' - The Courier Mail, 10 November 2014
The Ombudsman has decided not to continue with looking at the reforms, citing the call for papers by the Upper House.
"Port Stephens Council backs Yacaaba Centre" - Port Stephens Examiner, 7 November 2014
The Minister Gabrielle Upton speaks in Parliament about working with SOS. Click the link below to download Hansard from 4 November 2014. Go to page 15 to read more.
'Vital services for Women stay' - Inner West Courier, 4 November 2014
'Concerns Remain For Regional Women's Refuges After Win For City Services' - New Matilda, 3 November 2014.
'Opposition critical of Government's new approach to homelessness services' - ABC, 1 November 2014
'Homeless women's services saved from chopping block' - Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 2014
'Community campaign saves women’s services' - Jamie Parker MP, 30 October 2014
'Homeless service tender papers to be made public' - Bega District News, 30 October 2014
'Homeless women's services saved from chopping block' - The Age, 30 October 2014
'Women's Refuges Saved in Sydney' - 30 October 2014. Read Alex Greenwich's Media Release here.
SOS had a huge win today with our inner city services saved from closure. 30 October 2014
VICTORY FOR TRANSPARENCY IN SPECIALIST REFUGE FUNDING SAGA - Read the latest press release from the ALP's Linda Burney MP and Sophie Cotsis MLC about the release of documents regarding the Going Home Staying Home reforms. Friday 24 October 2014
'Budget cuts hurting domestic violence victims, Senator says' - SBS, 24 October
THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER - The NSW Upper House has just passed a motion ordering the Government to release all documentation regarding the Going Home Staying Home reforms.
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'Bega Women's Refuge SOS call deferred by council' - Bega District News, 23 October
'Body-mounted police cameras to be used as domestic violence evidence' - Sydney Morning Herald, 21 October
'Tim Watts on why privileged men need to join the domestic violence fight' - Sydney Morning Herald, 20 October
'Bega Women's Refuge still closed as councillors call for action' - Bega District News, 17 October 2014
'Carrie’s Place can now give more people help' - Newcastle Herald, Thursday 16 October 2014
'GRRRLS to the Front Festival to raise money for Sydney’s struggling women’s refuges' - Daily Telegraph, Thursday 16 October
'Last days for domestic violence service in Katoomba' - Blue Mountains Gazette, 14 October
'MP defends cuts to homelessness services in Wollongong' - Illawarra Mercury, 10 October 2014
'Moruya Women's Refuge opens doors' - Batemans Bay Post, 8 October 2014
'Bathurst women fleeing violence forced to stay in motels' - Western Advocate, 11 September 2014
'Support Centre chief warns women and children at risk of domestic violence if refuge funding is cut' - Canterbury Bankstown Express - 11 September 2014
SOS Women's Services has made a submission to the Senate's inquiry into domestic violence in Australia.
'Half of all domestic violence victims sent to motels as crisis accommodation unavailable' - Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2014
'Concern about Delvena Women’s Refuge changes' - North Shore Times, 3 September 2014
NSW LABOR SUPPORTS REVIEW OF LIBERALS’ BOTCHED REFORMS – BUT STILL MORE TO BE DONE
NSW Labor issued this media release about the NSW Ombudsman's review of the GHSH Reforms today - 3 September 2014.
'NSW government funds homelessness services to operate differently' - ABC News, 3 September 2014
'Kempsey Shire Council to lobby on domestic violence' - The Macleay Argus, 1 September 2014.
'Women's Refuge Crisis' - Burwood Scene. 26 August 2014
'Yacaaba Centre for homeless to close after 25 years' - Newcastle Herald, 18 August 2014
'Women's refuge supporters petition State Government' - Bega District News, 14 August 2014
Linda Mottram from ABC 702 Sydney speaks to Marilyn Fogarty from Marcia Refuge in Campbelltown about their closure. Click the button below to listen to the full interview. 12 August 2014.
Petitions signed by over 14,000 community member opposed to the Liberal Government's Going Home Staying Home reforms have been been presented to the NSW Parliament. 12 August 2014
'Community demands action on women's refuges' - SOS Women's Services Press Release. 12 August 2014.
'Domestic violence peak body in disarray as members make a vote of no confidence' - Sydney Morning Herald, 11 August 2014
MARCIA Women’s Refuge in Campbelltown will be shut down in October after losing vital State Government funding' - Daily Telegraph, 4 August
Labor launches 'Day of Action' to save homelessness services from Baird's cuts - 31 July 2014
Labor MPs Linda Burney, Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services and Sophie Cotsis, Shadow Minister for Women are calling on communities to sign a petition as part of a Day of Action TODAY.
'Loss of local homelessness services could not have come at a worse time' - South Coast Register, 31 July 2014
'Going Home Staying Home reforms backlash' - Great Lakes Advocate, 31 July 2014
'Youth service disconnected after reforms' - Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2014
Stateline ABC TV, Friday 25 July 2014.
'Domestic violence specialists sacked as refuges shut their doors' - Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2014
'NSW Government closes doors to women fleeing domestic violence' - Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2014
'Homeless sector restructure puts safe houses at risk' -Stateline, ABC TV - 25 July 2014
'The gutting and gagging of feminist women's refuges' - Wendy Bacon writes in New Matilda - 25 July 2014
'A Refuge for Women Escaping Domestic Violence' - ABC Radio National Life Matters, 7 July 2014. Dr Lesley Laing and Cheryl Nelson discuss the impact of the NSW Government's tenders for women's refuges and explain that women and children escaping domestic violence will no longer have the benefit of specialist knowledge, skills and feminist perspective of the women-only refuges.
Wendy Bacon writes about the changes to, and closures of, women's refuges in NSW - New Matilda, 9 July 2014
Anne Summer's opinion piece - 'Pru Goward's tender touch brushes women aside' - Sydney Morning Herald, 28 June 2014
'Women’s refuges say life line is a lock out' - Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2014
'Women’s refuges closing down after reform fails them' – Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2014
OPPOSITION UNCOVERS AT LEAST 80 HOMELESSNESS SERVICES FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS BY NSW GOVERNMENT - Read the press release from Linda Burney, Sophie Cotsis and Verity Firth - 16 June 2014
Kate Timmins spoke to Alan Jones and Minister Gabrielle Upton this morning on 2GB - 16 June 2014. Please listen.
SOS Women's Services and Alex Greenwich, Independent Member for Sydney and SOS Supporter, issued a post tender announcement press release on Friday 13 June 2014. Click the button below to read it now.
ABC News - 13 June 2014. You'll need to fast forward 20 minutes into the news to see our item.
Read the latest Media Release from Linda Burney MP and Sophie Cotsis MLC AFTER the tenders were announced - Friday 13 June2014. Click the button below.
Read here NSW Greens media release 'Women's homelessness services decisions will continue uncertainty in the sector' - 13 June 2014
Read the press release issued by the Minister Gabrielle Upton after tenders were announced - 13 June 2014. Click the button below.
'Homeless backflip' - ABC News, 13 June 2014
'Domestic violence: $8.6 million restored to inner city women's refuges' - Sydney Morning Herald, 13 June 2014
'Millions for homeless but refuges in doubt' - 7 Yahoo News, 13 June 2014
'Millions for homeless but refuges in doubt' - The Australian, 13 June 2014
SOS Women's Services have sent a letter to the Premier Mike Baird on behalf of organisations and individuals across Sydney who are deeply concerned by the impact of the closure of specialist services for women and children. Click on the button below to read the letter and see who is supporting our cause.
The Minister for Family and Community Services, Gabrielle Upton, spoke to Richard Glover on 702 on Wednesday 11 June 2014
Our heartfelt thanks to Linda Burney MP, Dr Andrew McDonald MP and Sophie Cotsis MLC for their ongoing commitment to the work of women-only services. Click the button below to read more - 11 June 2014
'Hospitals voice worries for homeless as services receive $5 million cut' - Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 11 June 2014
'For homeless women, safety must come first' - SMH 10 June 2014
Our media spokesperson Kate Timmins spoke to 2GB on 6 June 2014
NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson and Shadow Minister for Women Sophie Cotsis issued a press release today (3 June) urging the Premier to keep funding Women's Refuges. Click the button below to download a pdf.
On Thursday 29 May we held a Forum at Parliament House in Sydney to draw attention to the NSW Governments decision to withdraw funding from specialist women-only services in inner Sydney.
For our supporters who were not there on the day, here's the speech given by Roxanne McMurray, Manager, Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre and spokesperson for SOS Women's Services. Click the button below to download a pdf.
At the Forum, we shared this information sheet. It will help you to understand the issues in more detail.
We've had great support from Alex Greenwich, the Independent Member for Sydney. Click the button below to read his recent press release.
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'Women's Refuges face crisis' - Wentworth Courier, Wednesday 4 June 2014
'Shelters for homeless and vulnerable Sydney women to shut within weeks' - The Guardian, 2 June 2014
'Vulnerable fear the approaching storm' - Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2014
Women's refuges at risk - ABC News (Television), 29 May 2014
'Inner city services for homeless women axed' - Alt Media, 29 May 2014
'Sydney Women's shelters face closure' - SBS News, 30 May 2014
'MPs told women's-only services for homeless are threatened by Gabrielle Upton's cuts' - Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May
'Service providers warn Sydney women's refuges may close amid homelessness funding shake-up'
ABC News, 24 May 2014
'Homelessness risk for women after funding review' - Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 24 May 2014
'State Government Ignoring Women's Homelessness' - Leichhardt Council media release, 16 April 2014
‘Fears funds cuts will leave ill and homeless women without shelter' - The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 2014
'Domestic violence shelter at risk of closing under NSW reforms' - The World Today, ABC, 24 April 2014
'Homeless services face budget cuts in inner Sydney' – ABC News (television), 27 April 2014
'40 Years of Elsie' - The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, 12 April 2014