Support services available for Homelessness support and Domestic Violence

Always call 000 if you are in danger and need of urgent assistance


Link 2 Home - 1800 152 152 for immediate homelessness support

GLWS  02) 6555 9835  accept referrals for all women and children in need of shelter in the Great Lakes area.

Womens Community Shelters network of our sister shelters across the Sydney region

1800 Respect - 1800 737 732 

Domestic Violence Hotline - 1800 65 64 63

Lifeline - 13 11 12 

Mid Coast Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service - 02) 6551 3356

The Great Lakes Manning Homeless Support Service- 02) 6539 3400 

Great Lakes and Manning Youth Homelessness Service - 02) 6551 6996

Great Lakes Neighbourhood Service - 02)6555 4351  

Homebase Youth Services - 6555 5622 

Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service - 02) 6555 6271

Salvation Army Tuncurry - 02)6554 6101

Catholic Care - 02) 6539 5900 

My Midcoast  - Community Directory - for all your local support services -

Domestic violence Apps and websites

E-Safety for women - 

Daisy App - 

Arc App - 

Penda App - 

1800 Respect -

My Housing -(Previously FaCS Housing)  

Child Protection Helpline

132 111 

Redfern legal centre - Financial abuse support 

Self care apps

Calm app - 

Parenting help apps and resources 

Love Talk Play Sing app - 

Deadly Tots app - 

Kidsafe NSW 

STAYING IN THE SHELTER - What is it like?

We aim to have the shelter feel as close to an ordinary home as possible. 

The two GLWS residential homes include a shared kitchen, dining, lounge room, laundry and bathroom. 

Each resident has their own room which is shared with their own children. 

Residents agree to the conditions of stay, which are designed to promote safety, harmony and security for all residents past, present and future. 

Residents attend regular house meetings which helps to maintain a stable home, discuss shared cleaning rosters and resolve any issues. 

Case workers and residents work together to develop case plans to meet individual needs. 

Areas specifically addressed are housing support as a priority, other areas may be referrals for financial, medical, counselling, parenting support. 

Due to the nature of our staffing, we are presently unable to support women with un-managed drug and/or alcohol addictions, un-managed mental health issues.

Some of the support you can receive at the shelter:

  • Temporary supported shelter accommodation with case workers as well as specific children’s case workers for women and children 
  • Information and referral assistance to access housing support, and advocacy to obtain rentals and other long term housing options
  • Promotion of good health and wellbeing 
  • Life skills to encourage independence and self-esteem
  • Crisis support and referrals as needed including counselling, medical, legal aid, court support, financial planning, parenting support and mothers’ groups
  • Community education and development
  • Assistance in managing challenges faced by children in crisis
  • Individual client-centred case management plans
  • Outreach support after shelter stay 



We offer Outreach support to all of our previous residents to support them through the challenges of healing and starting over after homelessness and experiencing domestic violence

We offer multiple support groups in Forster and Tuncurry to the families who have been in the shelter before.

As well as our new program Sistas Standing Strong which is a group for Indigenous women and children in our community.



Great Lakes Womens Shelter staff have  a vision of helping local women and children of the Worimi Community to be empowered to help other women and children stand strong together and keep their culture alive through our Sistas Standing Strong program.




0400 919 184 or EMAIL ADMIN@GLWS.ORG.AU

This group is open to all Indigenous women and their children, not only for women who have accessed support from us before.

The group will be working on a community art project that will be supported by local Aboriginal artists, cultural walks and education by respected community elders, smoking cleansing ceremonies, past knowledge and stories by elders and much more.