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Local services for women escaping domestic violence – North Shore Mums article

Domestic violence is a very real and prevalent issue facing our society with reported incidents doubling in NSW over the past 10 years. If you’re in a relationship where you are abused physically, sexually or mentally, there are many local services that can help you escape domestic violence.

North Shore Mums list what services are available to women and children impacted by domestic violence and abuse on Sydney’s North Shore, including Mary’s House refuge and Mary’s House Services’ Daisy Centre.

Mary’s House Donations Wish List – June 2022


We are currently in need of the following items for our women and children impacted by domestic abuse and violence and living in Mary’s House refuge. Mary’s House Services is dedicated to providing our clients with quality items. We ask that all donations are in working order with no stains or scratches. To ensure this, we ask for photos of the items prior to accepting, as well as a confirmation from the donor that the items are not faulty. We do not accept bedding or mattresses.

We are reaching out to our wonderful community of supporters to assist with:

  • 5 Year Old Boys’ Winter Clothing
  • Clothing Racks
  • Clothing Steamer
  • Coat Hangers
  • Bar Fridge
  • Bean bag filling
  • Children’s Plastic Table
  • Queen/Double Doonas And Bedding
  • Smart TV In Excellent Condition – At Least 35 – 40 Inches
  • Storage Tub For The Children’s Toys
  • A Mud Kitchen, Spare Planters, Plants, Seeds And Kids’ Gardening Tools
  • Colourful Paintings
  • Baby Monitors X 2

We Are Always Accepting:

  • TVs, Washing Machines And Fridges (Dependent On Storage Space)
  • Household Appliances Such As Toasters, Rice Cookers, Kettles
  • Matching Sets Of Crockery And Cutlery (Minimum Of X 4 Of Each)

Please contact if you can assist.

Note items may either be dropped off at a scheduled time, or with prior arrangement, picked up.

Alternatively, if you would like to donate financially, please get in touch with Jacquie at

T H A N K   Y O U.

Emma’s* Journey

Emma’s* story:

Emma came to Mary’s House Services with her son after enduring ongoing domestic violence and abuse from her husband. Mary’s House Services provided Emma and her son the support they needed to escape and rebuild their lives safely.

Emma wanted to share her story and highlight the support she received in the hope that more families can also access this help.

“I can’t imagine how my son and I would have arrived at our lives today without the care, time and expertise of the angels at Mary’s House and the Daisy Centre.

I was referred to Mary’s House a couple of years ago and had been in touch once or twice by phone when I unexpectedly had to flee the house. I was terrified and overwrought with keeping my son safe and away from our abuser. But my son was over 16, and being male complicated where we could go.

I was in so much terror. I was afraid to speak. When I did, I would shake, stutter and cry. Everything felt so strange, almost out of body. I had no idea what to do or how to do it. I had never been in a situation like this before, nor did I know anyone who had either.

I had no idea the people at Mary’s House would be the core of my new village, gently carrying me along in a piece of cotton wool through the process.

The case worker came with me when I had to go to see police, they would accompany my son, they would contact various key people involved in the case, provide direction and advice on how the process worked, helped me with trauma/DV family lawyers, came to court dates, would speak up on my behalf to the police when I couldn’t.

Once the ADVO was in place, case workers would call and check in on us, bring Christmas hampers, help me through the Victim’s Services process, listening to my panic and fear during the Federal Court action taken against me and offer some fantastic psycho educational courses to help in my recovery process.

At the course through The Daisy Centre, I met other women like me with their own stories and I learnt tools for life that have helped me understand what happened and how I can start to move on.

Sitting here writing this today almost three years later, I cannot believe how different mine and my son’s lives are today. I am still recovering from PTSD and anxiety, but I do not live in the daily terror of what felt like living with a shark in a swimming pool.

I often wonder how many tens of thousands of dollars my journey to freedom cost and feel concerned that it is often funding that prevents women like me (and my son) from being able to access life-saving and changing help.

I am so grateful to Mary’s House for having the opportunity to start again.”

*Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of the individual.

Donation Request | The Clothes Rack

The Clothes Rack is a brand new shopping experience initiative for our clients. It will give them the opportunity to choose clothes and accessories instead of being given them.


We thank you for helping our clients when they need it most.

Alternatively, if you’d like to make a financial donation to Mary’s House Services, please contact us at


Donation Request | Art Canvasses


We are currently in need of art canvasses for the women and children impacted by domestic abuse and violence and living in Mary’s House refuge. Art is a wonderful therapy for those trying to heal and move forward with their lives.

We are reaching out to our wonderful community of supporters!

Please contact if you can assist.

Alternatively, if you would like to donate financially, please get in touch with Jacquie at

A Conversation with Jess Hill – Wednesday 4 May

Join us for a conversation with Jess Hill as she reflects on her research and her perspectives of how healthy relationships can impact children. Jess will also talk about how parents, carers, teachers and the community they live in might be part of preventing coercive control and domestic violence before it starts.

Mary’s House Services Gala Dinner – 10 March 2022

You are invited to the Mary’s House Services’ 2022 Gala Dinner.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are hosting a dinner to raise much needed funds  to enable us to continue meet the growing need of our services and support women and children impacted by domestic abuse.

Tickets are $190 each, a table of 10 $1900 or a corporate table $2400*.

Event includes:

Canapes on arrival

3 Course Dinner plus drinks

Speakers including investigative journalist, Jess Hill

Live Music

Auction items

Tickets are limited and can be purchased here


*Corporate table will allow corporate branding on the table, a table close to the speakers and a $500 donation.

Mary’s House Donation Wish List – Monday 1 November

To our community of supporters, we are currently looking for the following donations for families in our Mary’s House Refuge:

  • New or barely used condition summer clothes and shoes for 5 year old
  • New or barely used condition summer clothes for woman size 18-20
  • New of barely used black t-shirts and pants for woman size 12 and black work shoes in size 10
  • Floor Lamp

If you have any of these items to donate, we would be so grateful for you to get in touch with Sahar at

Thank you so much

Mary’s House Team

The Recent NSW Government Announcement on Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Services in NSW

Monday 25 October


 The Recent NSW Government Announcement on Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Services in NSW

Along with all the other service providers and agencies that work in the Domestic Violence and Homelessness sector, Mary’s House Services welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement that more than $464 million will be spent over 4 years on tackling Domestic Violence, with specific focus on providing extra refuges and accommodation options to support women and children escaping abusive relationships.

What does this mean?

This funding is focused on new projects – specifically new refuges that are built using the “core and cluster” model, and on new community housing innovations. The aim for this to create 75 new refuges across the state, as well as additional social and affordable housing. This will go a long way towards addressing the dire shortage of crisis and affordable accommodation for women and children who are at risk of homelessness and are impacted by domestic violence and is a hugely positive step.

There is an emphasis on providing funding to services that support Aboriginal families, older women and young people and children. While some funding is available for Metro Sydney, the goal is for most of the funded projects to support communities in other areas of the state, specifically Western Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Wagga Wagga.

We understand that the funding is to commence on projects from July 2022 and will be spent over the following four years.

Implications for Mary’s House Services

While it is extremely unlikely that, as an existing service, located in the community of North Sydney, we would be the recipient of any of this funding, MHS welcomes the increased financial support in a sector that is under-funded and under-resourced, especially given the huge increase in demand for services that has been experienced in the last 12 months.

Mary’s House remains reliant on our generous donors for our ongoing operations and we welcome the addition of the new Refuges across the State.

Claire Barber


Mary’s House Services