Who are we?
North Shore Women’s Benevolent Association (“NSWBA”) is a not-for-profit organisation established to support women and children who need help because of domestic violence.
NSWBA has full charity and tax deductible status.
What is our mission?
Our mission is to operate a hostel to provide accommodation for women and their dependent children escaping domestic violence. The hostel is called Mary’s House.
The hostel is in the North Shore area, but its exact location is not publicised for security reasons.
Mary’s House is a non-denominational initiative. One of our goals is to partner with other community groups in this project.
What is the need?
- Across Australia, including the North Shore of Sydney, there is a desperate need for accommodation for women and children seeking escape from situations of domestic violence.
- Domestic violence is often hidden due to embarrassment, fear, control and financial dependence. It can manifest as physical violence, with the pathway to this being years of emotional, financial and psychological abuse.
- Other care providers and organisations such as North Sydney Police have indicated that the need for accommodation is overwhelming with at least one in every two women seeking a bed being turned away on any given day.