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Formerly known as the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter (ASWS). Over the next few weeks WoSSCA will be updating it’s community resources and online presence. In the meantime our outreach office number remains the same on (08) 8953- 7648 and via email : outreach@wossca.org.au

We are still contacteable 24 hours a day at the crisis accommodation on (08) 8952 6075 or via email: ws@wossca.org.au

In a emergency call 000.

To download our online referral form please follow the link WoSSCA REFERRAL FORM

The following extract is a speech from our CEO Di Gipey from our launch to the community of Alice Springs on Thursday, 7th March 2019

Speech: It has been an amazing journey from quite extraordinary beginnings. The service was initially started by the Women’s Electoral Lobby out of a house in Bath St. Women volunteered their time to staff the service. In 1977 the anniversary which we celebrate the first community meeting was held and the organisation was started.

From the early beginnings of the service a wide range of women in our community showed their commitment to the organisation. It has not always been an easy journey. The times in the early 80s where the service was defunded leading to a sit in with women using car headlights to light the service were extremely stressful for those involved. When the service closed women had other women camped in their back rooms, their backyards.

I think it can be easy for us to under estimate with the luxury of distance how hard and how brave women had to be to speak up, to seek help and the risk women, who provided that help, took in a very small remote town that many years ago.

At 40 years old ASWS is one of the oldest independent run Womens service in the country. If nothing else this speaks of the innovation, resilience, determination and courage of Central Australian women and their supporters.

Today marks a significant day in the history of the service where we once again reinvent ourselves as we await moving into our new facility by launching our new name:

  • Womens Safety Service of Central Australia
  • New logo that symbolises the amazing strength of women and children and the wrap around service we provide to support the women and children in their journey
  • Our very first Patron Pat Anderson AO.