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Alice Springs Women's Shelter

Alice Springs Women's Shelter

Alice Springs Women’s Shelter (ASWS) provides a range of support for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. The services include emergency accommodation, outreach support, court support and counselling.

Crisis Accommodation: Provides high security crisis accommodation service for women and children under immediate threat of domestic violence.

Children’s Support: Women often access the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter seeking safety not only for themselves but also for their children. All our staff work to create a positive atmosphere to support the children and focus on their individual needs. We have a specific Children’s Support Worker at ASWS to support you and your children through an often traumatic time of upheaval.

Outreach Program: The Outreach team provides free support to any woman in Alice Springs who has experienced, or continues to experience, domestic violence. It works closely with a number of other services in Alice Springs to provide a strong support network to women experiencing domestic violence.

Women’s Group: The Women’s Group makes up part of the Outreach Program and is held on a weekly basis in a number of communities in Alice Springs. It provides a space for women to come together and share their experiences while engaging in fun art and craft activities.

Counselling Services: Free domestic violence counselling service for women and children who have experienced, or continue to experience domestic violence.

Court Support Service: Provides court support services through our Court Support Officer.
The Court Support Officer assists women primarily in civil law matters such as when making an application to the court to obtain a Domestic Violence Order. However, assistance is also provided in criminal law cases for instance when a woman is called on as a witness to give evidence about a past domestic violence incident.

Community Services We Work With
We recognise that many of the women who approach our service need support with not only domestic violence, but also with a range of other issues that may be causing stress and anxiety in their lives.

Men’s Behaviour Change Program
The Alice Springs Women’s Shelter (ASWS) works in partnership with the Tangentyere Council and the Jesuit Social Services to provide a program aimed at curbing the high rate of domestic violence in Central Australia.


Women's Shelter: 08 8952 6075;

Outreach Team: 08 8953 7648

Community services
Sexual assault
Type of service: 
Crisis service
Women's refuge services
Specialist services
Counselling services