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
http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/4609648/violence-largely-untreated/

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
https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsRiverina/videos/1321442191276252/
 

TAMWORTH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE CALLS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EARLY INTERVENTION - The Northern Daily Leader, 3 April 2017
http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/4571518/getting-to-violence-victims-early/?cs=159

TAMWORTH CITY COUNCIL LOBBIED TOP SUPPORT A NEW WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTRE FOR THE REGION - The Northern Daily Leader, 3 April 2017
http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/4309553/womens-health-centre-a-priority/

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
http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/4568332/groups-rally-to-establish-new-womens-health-centre/?cs=159

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
http://www.generositymag.com.au/impact100-sydney-awards-inaugural-100000-grant/

JULES SEBASTIAN HEADLINES NEW CAREER MENTORING PROGRAM FOR GIRLS DOING IT TOUGH - Inner West Courier, 3 April 2017
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/jules-sebastian-headlines-new-career-mentoring-program-for-girls-doing-it-tough/news-story/63c732b53c4a1339776bbe34e0f57ba4

 

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
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4095872/one-stop-shop-to-help-reduce-dv/?cs=12

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
http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/domestic-violence-clinics-in-health-centres-proposed-to-reach-untapped-pool-of-victims-20160811-gqq5d6.html

WOMEN'S REFUGES NEED REINVENTION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT - The Sun-Herald editorial, 7 August 2016

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/move-womens-refuges-out-of-the-70s-20160805-gqm09x.html

REFUGE REFIT PLAN KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER - The Sun-Herald, 7 August 2016

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jules-sebastians-plan-to-help-domestic-violence-victims-renovate-rooms-to-rebuild-lives-20160806-gqmh2a.html

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

'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

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3658323/Guy-Sebastian-wife-Jules-roll-sleeves-build-new-kitchen-Sydney-girls-shelter-Sebastian-Foundation-launches-domestic-violence-campaign.html

NSW Budget - Statement from SOS Women's Services. 21 June 2016

Click this image to download a pdf version of the statement.

Click this image to download a pdf version of the statement.

'SOS Women’s Services calling for cash injection into DV services in NSW Budget' - Port Stephens Examiner, Monday 17 May 2016

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/3911477/dv-cash-to-keep-refuges-open/?cs=762

'Griffith woman speaks out to lobby for more domestic violence funding in the upcoming NSW budget' - The Daily Advertiser, Monday 11 May 2016

http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/3901727/a-living-hell-for-griffith-woman/?cs=12

'The missing link in government pledges on domestic violence: Where do the women flee to?' - Sydney Morning Herald, 8 May 2016

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/the-missing-link-in-government-pledges-on-domestic-violence-where-do-the-women-flee-to-20160506-gool76

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 image above to download your copy of Stories of Survival. 

Click image above to download your copy of Stories of Survival. 

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

Click the image above to download a copy of the media release. 

Click the image above to download a copy of the media release. 

'Greater funding for women and children's refuge' - Coffs Coast Advocate, 18 April 2016 

http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/greater-funding-local-women-and-childrens-refuge/2999107/

'Funding lifeline for crucial women's support service welcomed' - read the joint media release from SOS and Jamie Parker, 10 March 2016

http://www.jamieparker.org/funding_lifeline

'More support for SOS proposal to retain domestic violence court support worker' - Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2016

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/baird-government-backflip-on-domestic-violence-funding-for-family-court-20160226-gn551f.html

'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

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/domestic-violence-in-teenagers--why-arent-we-talking-about-it/news-story/38b6a99278be090e5bf03301e88606f0

'What happens when women have nowhere else to go?' - SOS radio interview on current state of women's services. 2SER, 4 February 2016

http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/20359-what-happens-when-women-have-nowhere-else-to-go

NSW Government reconsiders SOS proposal to keep essential court program operating. SMH, 29 January 2016

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/hazzard-moots-funding-lifeline-for-family-courts-domestic-violence-service-20160128-gmfvww.html

SOS welcomes major announcement on women's refuges. 16 November 2015

Click the Media Statement to download a pdf copy.

Click the Media Statement to download a pdf copy.

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. 

Click the image above to download the info sheet.

Click the image above to download the info sheet.

 

'Pass all the laws you like, but domestic violence victims need shelters' - The Drum, 15 October 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-15/mcmurray-dv-victims-need-shelters/6855790

Download the latest SOS Media Statement (14 October 2015) by clicking on the image below. 

Click the image to download a pdf copy of our Media Statement.

Click the image to download a pdf copy of our Media Statement.

'Safe refuges for women crucial to changing the story of domestic violence' - Sydney Morning Herald, 13 November 2015
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/safe-refuges-for-women-crucial-to-changing-the-story-of-domestic-violence-20151112-gkxkd6.html

'Women’s refuge in the Hills already has waiting list' - Hills Shire Times, 9 October 2015

http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/womens-refuge-in-the-hills-already-has-waiting-list/story-fngr8i1f-1227562182608

'Call for women's refuge to support domestic violence victims in Orange' - ABC News, 7 October 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-07/orange-violence/6832612

'New women's refuge opens in Sydney's west to address domestic violence' - SMH, 16 September 2015
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-womens-refuge-opens-to-address-domestic-violence-20150913-gjls7x

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

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/pleas-for-support-for-women-and-children-fleeing-domestic-violence/story-fngr8h22-1227449808909

'No safe refuge for domestic violence victims in Goulburn' - Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/no-safe-refuge-for-domestic-violence-victims-in-goulburn-20150711-gi9fr9.html#ixzz3fioytU3k

'Domestic violence victims turn to motels with few after-hours refuges left' - Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/domestic-violence-victims-turn-to-motels-with-few-afterhours-refuges-left-20150711-gi99yk.html#ixzz3fioRnBIM

'The daily terror on the home front' - Editorial, Sun Herald, Sunday 5 July 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/the-daily-terror-on-the-homefront-20150704-gi4pp3

Sun Herald, Sydney - Sunday 5 July 2015

'Home isn't a refuge for domestic violence victims' - Sydney Morning Herald, 23 April 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/home-isnt-a-refuge-for-domestic-violence-victims-20150422-1mqk7u.html

'Turned away: desperate search for help ended in death for Leila Alavi' - Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/turned-away-desperate-search-for-help-ended-in-death-for-leila-alavi-20150403-1mdpmj.html

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

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/concerns-over-video-surveillance-in-dubbo-womens-refuge-20150324-1m69ir.html

'Within a decade, 238 homicides in NSW occurred in domestic violence context: report' - ABC News, Tuesday 24 March 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-24/domestic-violence-findings-nsw-police-training/6342152

'Forster a domestic violence hotspot but no funding' - Great Lakes Advocate, 18 March 2015

http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2952566/forster-a-domestic-violence-hotspot-but-no-funding/?cs=447

'Domestic violence story must be told' - Great Lakes Advocate, 18 March 2015

http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2952558/domestic-violence-story-must-be-told/?cs=447

'Labor announce to support the Yacaaba Centre if elected' - Port Stephens Examiner, 18 March 2015

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/2952879/labor-pledge-to-support-yacaaba-centre/?cs=762

'The deadly consequences of domestic violence' - The Daily Telegraph, 17 March 2015

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/the-deadly-consequences-of-domestic-violence/story-fni0cx4q-1227265915101

'Mid-March for equality' - Alt Media, 12 March 2015

http://www.altmedia.net.au/iwd/103341

'Vital services in Nelson Bay thrown lifeline.' Port Stephens Examiner, 11 March 2015

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/2935668/doors-to-stay-open/

'The Salvation Army apologises for comments suggesting women fleeing domestic violence should not 'use and abuse' shelters' - ABC, Monday 9 March 2015

https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/26565581/the-salvation-army-apologises-for-comments-suggesting-women-fleeing-domestic-violence-should-not-use-and-abuse-shelters/

'How funding changes in NSW locked women out of domestic violence refuges' - The Guardian, 9 March 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/09/no-place-to-hide-how-women-are-being-locked-out-of-domestic-violence-refuges?CMP=soc_568

'Domestic violence campaigner calls for more funding for women's refuges' - ABC News, 9 March 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-09/domestic-violence-campaigner-calls-for-more-funding-for-women2/6289842

'Home Truths: the costs and causes of domestic violence.' The Monthly Essays. 9 March 2015

http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2015/march/1425128400/jess-hill/home-truths

'Left in harms way' - Radio National, Background Briefing, Sunday 8 March 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2015-03-08/6277930

'Domestic violence victim forced to sleep in Nowra Police Station' - Bega District News, Wednesday 25 February 2015

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2903022/domestic-violence-victim-forced-to-sleep-in-nowra-police-station/?cs=2452

'Ignorance is holding us back: Rosie Batty on sentencing for domestic violence offenders' - Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday 22 February 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/ignorance-is-holding-us-back-rosie-batty-on-sentencing-for-domestic-violence-offenders-20150222-13l2ol.html

'Researchers see discrepancies in judiciary's handling of NSW domestic violence cases' - Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday 22 February 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/researchers-see-discrepancies-in-judiciarys-handling-of-nsw-domestic-violence-cases-20150221-13k9va.html

'Women's lives at risk after refuges close' - ABC Radio, The World Today, Thursday 19 February 2015

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4183045.htm

'Nelson Bay's emergency housing and counselling service provider needs vital funding' - Port Stephens Examiner, Wednesday 4 February 2015

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/2859118/supporters-scramble-to-keep-yacaaba-centre-going/

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

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/advocates-say-refuge-changes-leaving-women-at-risk-reforms-are-a-failed-experiment-20150202-133kyw.html

'Domestic violence funding in NSW: Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year raises profile of state 'epidemic'' - SMH, 26 January 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/domestic-violence-funding-in-nsw-rosie-batty-as-australian-of-the-year-raises-profile-of-state-epidemic-20150126-12y3qu.html

'Vital accommodation a step closer' - Great Lakes Advocate - 12 December, 2014

http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2754961/vital-accommodation-a-step-closer/?cs=447

'Threat made to mum and child denied' - Daily Liberal, 10 December 2014

http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/2753524/threat-made-to-mum-and-child-denied/?cs=112

'Quentin Bryce says it is up to men to confront domestic violence' - The Guardian, 2 December 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/02/quentin-bryce-says-it-is-up-to-men-to-confront-domestic-violence

'Investigation begins into Dubbo Emergency Accommodation Project' - Daily Liberal, 29 November 2014

http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/2729671/investigation-begins-into-dubbo-emergency-accomodation-project/?cs=4086

'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

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/investigation-into-new-womens-refuge-at-dubbo/5921182

'Advocacy group wants women escaping domestic violence to have separate refuges from homeless addicts' - ABC News, 26 November 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/dubbo-refuge/5918352

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

http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2723096/meeting-to-discuss-taree-refuge-changeover/?cs=447

'Domestic violence SOS' - Great Lakes Advocate, 26 November 2014

http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2722859/domestic-violence-sos/?cs=447

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. 

https://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/video/-/watch/25610383/white-ribbon-day/

'Future of Lismore domestic violence refuge still in doubt' - Northern Star, 25 November 2014

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/refuge-relief-for-now/2463492/

'Save Our Women's Services campaign hits Cooma' - Cooma Express, 25 November 2014

http://www.coomaexpress.com.au/story/2717907/save-our-womens-services-campaign-hits-cooma/?cs=569

'Save our Services focus switches to Bega Women's Refuge' - Bega District News. 25 November 2014

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2719726/save-our-services-focus-switches-to-bega-womens-refuge/?cs=509

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

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/2707871/womens-refuges-reeling-as-funds-dry-up/?cs=1507

'Sex discrimination commissioner urges prominent men to join action against domestic violence' - SBS, 20 November 2014

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/20/sex-discrimination-commissioner-urges-prominent-men-join-action-against-domestic

'Domestic violence calls rise 86 per cent in two years; every Melbourne suburb affected' - Herald Sun, 19 November 2014

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/domestic-violence-calls-rise-86-per-cent-in-two-years-every-melbourne-suburb-affected/story-fni0fee2-1227127628487

'Cr Kellie Marsh continues fight for domestic violence service' - Illawarra Mercury, 17 November 2014

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2703075/cr-kellie-marsh-continues-fight-for-domestic-violence-service/

'Wollongong Women's Housing institution to close doors' - The Illawarra Mercury, 11 November 2014

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2689949/womens-refuge-forced-to-close/?cs=300

'Labor announces domestic violence policy' - The Courier Mail, 10 November 2014

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/labor-announces-domestic-violence-policy/story-fnihsrf2-1227117678486

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

http://www.portstephensexaminer.com.au/story/2673223/port-stephens-council-backs-yacaaba-centre/?cs=761

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. 

https://newmatilda.com/2014/11/03/concerns-remain-regional-womens-refuges-after-win-city-services

'Opposition critical of Government's new approach to homelessness services' - ABC, 1 November 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-01/opposition-critical-of-goverment27s-new-approach-to-homelessn/5858306

'Homeless women's services saved from chopping block' - Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 2014

http://m.smh.com.au/nsw/homeless-womens-services-saved-from-chopping-block-20141030-11ecul.html

'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

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2662586/homeless-service-tender-papers-to-be-made-public/?cs=509

'Homeless women's services saved from chopping block' - The Age, 30 October 2014

http://www.theage.com.au/nsw/homeless-womens-services-saved-from-chopping-block-20141030-11ecul.html

'Women's Refuges Saved in Sydney' - 30 October 2014. Read Alex Greenwich's Media Release here. 

http://www.alexgreenwich.com/women_s_refuges_saved_in_sydne

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 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/10/23/budget-cuts-hurting-domestic-violence-victims-senator-says

IMPORTANT NEWS!

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.
Click the button below for more information:

'Bega Women's Refuge SOS call deferred by council' - Bega District News, 23 October

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2645501/bega-womens-refuge-sos-call-deferred-by-council/?cs=509

'Body-mounted police cameras to be used as domestic violence evidence' - Sydney Morning Herald, 21 October

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/bodymounted-police-cameras-to-be-used-as-domestic-violence-evidence-20141020-118vb5.html

'Tim Watts on why privileged men need to join the domestic violence fight' - Sydney Morning Herald, 20 October

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tim-watts-on-why-privileged-men-need-to-join-the-domestic-violence-fight-20141019-1189sn.html

'Bega Women's Refuge still closed as councillors call for action' - Bega District News, 17 October 2014

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2631981/bega-womens-refuge-still-closed-as-councillors-call-for-action/?cs=509

'Carrie’s Place can now give more people help' - Newcastle Herald, Thursday 16 October 2014

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2630131/carries-place-can-now-give-more-people-help/?cs=316

'GRRRLS to the Front Festival to raise money for Sydney’s struggling women’s refuges' - Daily Telegraph, Thursday 16 October

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/grrrls-to-the-front-festival-to-raise-money-for-sydneys-struggling-womens-refuges/story-fngr8h22-1227091368757

'Last days for domestic violence service in Katoomba' - Blue Mountains Gazette, 14 October

http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/2623844/last-days-for-domestic-violence-service-in-katoomba/?cs=1432

'MP defends cuts to homelessness services in Wollongong' - Illawarra Mercury, 10 October 2014

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2615558/mp-defends-cuts-to-homelessness-services-in-wollongong/?cs=12

'Moruya Women's Refuge opens doors' - Batemans Bay Post, 8 October 2014

http://www.batemansbaypost.com.au/story/2609604/new-faces-as-refuge-opens-doors/?cs=229

'Bathurst women fleeing violence forced to stay in motels' - Western Advocate, 11 September 2014

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/2550966/last-refuge-fleeing-women-stay-in-motels/?cs=12

'Support Centre chief warns women and children at risk of domestic violence if refuge funding is cut' - Canterbury Bankstown Express - 11 September 2014

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/news/support-centre-chief-warns-women-and-children-at-risk-of-domestic-violence-if-refuge-funding-is-cut/story-fngr8gwi-1227054154883

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

http://www.news.com.au/national/half-of-all-domestic-violence-victims-sent-to-motels-as-crisis-accommodation-unavailable/story-fncynjr2-1227053040426

'Concern about Delvena Women’s Refuge changes' - North Shore Times, 3 September 2014

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/concern-about-delvena-womens-refuge-changes/story-fngr8h9d-1227046129041

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

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-02/service-support-fund/5713258

'Kempsey Shire Council to lobby on domestic violence' - The Macleay Argus, 1 September 2014.

http://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/2522788/kempsey-shire-council-to-lobby-on-domestic-violence/?cs=1526

'Women's Refuge Crisis' - Burwood Scene. 26 August 2014

http://www.burwoodscene.com.au/2014/08/26/womens-refuge-crisis/

'Yacaaba Centre for homeless to close after 25 years' - Newcastle Herald, 18 August 2014

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2490924/yacaaba-centre-for-homeless-to-close-after-25-years/?cs=316

'Women's refuge supporters petition State Government' - Bega District News, 14 August 2014

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2481246/womens-refuge-supporters-petition-state-government/?cs=509

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

http://www.smh.com.au/world/domestic-violence-peak-body-in-disarray-as-members-make-a-vote-of-no-confidence-20140811-102od8.html

MARCIA Women’s Refuge in Campbelltown will be shut down in October after losing vital State Government funding' - Daily Telegraph, 4 August

http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/macarthur/marcia-womens-refuge-in-campbelltown-will-be-shut-down-in-october-after-losing-vital-state-government-funding/story-fngr8h70-1227013999973?nk=1a8addd45288c784ff7e7c5d7b87d1e2

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

http://www.southcoastregister.com.au/story/2352735/loss-of-local-homelessness-services-could-not-have-come-at-a-worse-time/

'Going Home Staying Home reforms backlash' - Great Lakes Advocate, 31 July 2014

http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/2451559/going-home-staying-home-reforms-backlash/?cs=447

'Youth service disconnected after reforms' - Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2014

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/south-west/youth-service-disconnected-after-reforms/story-fngr8hxh-1227007079418

Stateline ABC TV, Friday 25 July 2014. 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-25/homeless-sector-restructure-puts-safe-houses-at/5625444

'Domestic violence specialists sacked as refuges shut their doors' - Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/domestic-violence-specialists-sacked-as-refuges-shut-their-doors-20140725-zwo6b.html

'NSW Government closes doors to women fleeing domestic violence' - Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/nsw-government-closes-doors-to-women-fleeing-violence-20140724-zwhwz.html

'Homeless sector restructure puts safe houses at risk' -Stateline, ABC TV - 25 July 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-25/homeless-sector-restructure-puts-safe-houses-at/5625444

'The gutting and gagging of feminist women's refuges' - Wendy Bacon writes in New Matilda - 25 July 2014

https://newmatilda.com/2014/07/25/updated-gutting-and-gagging-feminist-women%E2%80%99s-refuges

'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. 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/a-refuge-for-women/5575376

Wendy Bacon writes about the changes to, and closures of, women's refuges in NSW - New Matilda, 9 July 2014

https://newmatilda.com/2014/07/09/domestic-violence-centres-under-nsw-govt-assault

Anne Summer's opinion piece - 'Pru Goward's tender touch brushes women aside' - Sydney Morning Herald, 28 June 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/pru-gowards-tender-touch-brushes-women-aside-20140626-zsmjr.html

'Women’s refuges say life line is a lock out' - Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/womens-refuges-say-lifeline-is-a-lockout-20140620-zsf89.html

'Women’s refuges closing down after reform fails them' – Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/womens-refuges-closing-down-after-reform-fails-them-20140619-zse72.html

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. 

http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/abc-news/NU1411H106S00

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

http://www.mehreenfaruqi.org.au/greens-mp-warns-womens-homelessness-service-decisions-will-continue-uncertainty-in-sector/

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

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/domestic-violence-86-million-restored-to-inner-city-womens-refuges-20140613-zs6ge.html

'Millions for homeless but refuges in doubt' - 7 Yahoo News, 13 June 2014

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/national/a/24232583/millions-for-homeless-but-refuges-in-doubt/

'Millions for homeless but refuges in doubt' - The Australian, 13 June 2014

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/nsw-funding-back-for-city-homeless-women/story-fn3dxiwe-1226953285171

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

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/hospitals-voice-worries-for-homeless-as-services-receive-5-million-cut-20140610-39vko.html#ixzz34HQDA3YS

'For homeless women, safety must come first' - SMH 10 June 2014

http://m.smh.com.au/comment/for-homeless-women-safety-must-come-first-20140610-zs343.html

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. 

Read, listen to and watch recent stories in the media and share these stories with your network on Facebook and Twitter.

'Women's Refuges face crisis' - Wentworth Courier, Wednesday 4 June 2014

http://tinyurl.com/kkhqkqh

'Shelters for homeless and vulnerable Sydney women to shut within weeks' - The Guardian, 2 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/02/shelters-homeless-vulnerable-women-shut

'Vulnerable fear the approaching storm' - Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2014

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/vulnerable-fear-the-approaching-storm/story-fni0cwl5-1226939119427

Women's refuges at risk - ABC News (Television), 29 May 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-29/womens-refuges-at-risk/5487808?section=nsw

'Inner city services for homeless women axed' - Alt Media, 29 May 2014

http://www.altmedia.net.au/inner-city-services-for-homeless-women-cut/93632

'Sydney Women's shelters face closure' - SBS News, 30 May 2014

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/05/29/sydney-womens-shelters-face-closure

'MPs told women's-only services for homeless are threatened by Gabrielle Upton's cuts' - Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mps-told-womensonly-services-for-homeless-are-threatened-by-gabrielle-uptons-cuts-20140529-397cu.html

'Service providers warn Sydney women's refuges may close amid homelessness funding shake-up' 
ABC News, 24 May 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-24/fears-funding-shake-up-may-force-closure-of-womens-refuges/5475670

'Homelessness risk for women after funding review' - Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 24 May 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/homelessness-risk-for-women-after-funding-review-20140523-38u3d.html

'State Government Ignoring Women's Homelessness' - Leichhardt Council media release, 16 April 2014

http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/2014/State-Government-Ignoring-Women-s-Homelessness

‘Fears funds cuts will leave ill and homeless women without shelter' - The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/fears-funds-cut-will-leave-homeless-women-without-shelter-20140411-36i6a.html

'Domestic violence shelter at risk of closing under NSW reforms' - The World Today, ABC, 24 April 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2014/s3991359.htm

'Homeless services face budget cuts in inner Sydney' – ABC News (television), 27 April 2014

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-27/homeless-services-face-budget-cuts-in-inner-sydney/5414194?section=nsw

'40 Years of Elsie' - The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, 12 April 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/40-years-of-elsie-20140411-36h9v.html