The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is a new service of the St Vincent de Paul Society SA, to complement our existing men's shelter and support women with short term, emergency accommodation.
Peacefully located in suburban Adelaide, the centre is a 20 room facility anticipated to accept guests from October 2017 and will be staffed 24 hours, every day of the year. The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is a unique model in crisis intervention. An innovative accommodation/services combination, it will ensure women have support, safety and peace of mind for sound decision making within a calm, child friendly environment.
Guests must be referred by government and agency channels, which include the domestic violence help line and the South Australian Police. The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is unable to accept private bookings.
Additional funds are needed for initial fit-out of rooms and on going operation. To find out more or enquire about corporate partnerships or sponsorship of a room please contact the Society on (08) 8112 8700.
Who can access this service?
The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre will accept referrals through existing government and crisis agencies. Women and their children are welcome and pets are supported.
What is provided at the Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre?
Staff are trained community workers and compassionate to the emotional and practical needs of women experiencing crisis.
The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre will provide all meals and serviced rooms, together with kitchen, laundry and computer facilities for guests' use. A children's play room and manicured gardens complete the tranquil setting. Assistance with transport, childminding and other practical services will be provided, together with in-house access to St Vincent de Paul Society services, including clothing and other assistance.
Above: From left, Centre manager, Penny Ogden, with Nick Reade (CEO BankSA & Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre Ambassador) and Cathy Beaton, Vinnies State President. Image taken in the gardens of the new centre.
How is the Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre managed?
The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) and operations and staff are under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer. A committee oversees its operations. The centre has an agreement with the Government of South Australia to provide emergency homelessness accommodation.
The tragic statistics around domestic violence are well understood. In Australia, an average of one woman is killed every week at the hands of a current or former partner. In the Adelaide metro area alone, South Australian police receive around 400 call each week on domestic violence matters, with 10% of these considered high risk. Authorities often have no choice but to temporarily house women in motel style accommodation, where many make the decision to return to a dangerous and abusive relationship.
The St Vincent de Paul Society often encounters and assists women who have suffered domestic violence through our home visitation service. The Society in SA has established the Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre and is currently obtaining White Ribbon accreditation to support our commitment to end violence against women.
Thanks to our corporate supporters
The Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre has been generously supported by local partners:
- West End Community Fund
- La Donna Hygiene
- RAA Security Services