Women’s Safe­ty Ser­vices of Cen­tral Aus­tralia (WoSS­CA) is a not-for-prof­it, non-gov­ern­ment organ­i­sa­tion that oper­ates on a fem­i­nist frame­work and is com­mit­ted to assist­ing and enabling women and chil­dren expe­ri­enc­ing domes­tic, fam­i­ly and sex­u­al violence. 

We acknowl­edge the Tra­di­tion­al Own­ers and cus­to­di­ans of the land we work on, as the first peo­ple of this coun­try. We pay our respects to Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.

We pro­vide sev­er­al ser­vices including:

  • 24-hour cri­sis accommodation

  • urban and remote out­reach services

  • court sup­port

  • part­ner sup­port (Men’s Behav­iour Change)

  • com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment and training.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a Cen­tral Aus­tralia in which all women and chil­dren live with greater safe­ty, respect and dig­ni­ty, free from vio­lence, in their cho­sen communities.

Our Mis­sion

Women’s Safe­ty Ser­vices of Cen­tral Aus­tralia (WoSS­CA) seeks to pre­vent and respond to vio­lence in Cen­tral Aus­tralia. We do this by pro­vid­ing safe accom­mo­da­tion and sup­port ser­vices for women and chil­dren who have expe­ri­enced domes­tic or fam­i­ly vio­lence. We share our knowl­edge through com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment, sec­tor devel­op­ment, edu­ca­tion and training.

Our His­to­ry

Women’s Safe­ty Ser­vices of Cen­tral Aus­tralia (WoSS­CA), for­mer­ly the Alice Springs Women’s Shel­ter, was first estab­lished in 1975 as a small inde­pen­dent ser­vice called​‘The Women’s Cen­tre’. It was set up by the local Women’s Elec­toral Lob­by (WEL) and its first home was in Bath Street. Unfund­ed and run by vol­un­teers, the cen­tre pro­vid­ed emer­gency sup­port (but not accom­mo­da­tion) for women expe­ri­enc­ing domes­tic and fam­i­ly abuse.

The Women’s Cen­tre became The Women’s Com­mu­ni­ty House in 1981, The Alice Springs Women’s Shel­ter in 1991 and final­ly, today, Women’s Safe­ty Ser­vices of Cen­tral Aus­tralia. Our new premis­es were offi­cial­ly launched on 15th July 2019 and along with our staff, our net­works, our board and our patron, we will con­tin­ue to strive to improve the vital ser­vices we pro­vide to the women of Cen­tral Australia.

Through­out our his­to­ry, the organ­i­sa­tion has expe­ri­enced a num­ber of chal­lenges, includ­ing issues with fund­ing, pol­i­tics, facil­i­ties, under­staffing, racism and more. Through it all, our pri­ma­ry func­tion has remained unchanged – to sup­port women in max­imis­ing their own and their children’s safe­ty, if they have expe­ri­enced domes­tic, fam­i­ly or sex­u­al violence.


Women’s Safe­ty Ser­vices of Cen­tral Aus­tralia is a non-gov­ern­ment organ­i­sa­tion, based in Alice Springs, Cen­tral Australia.

WoSS­CA receives fund­ing from the Depart­ment of Social Ser­vices (DSS) for Emer­gency Relief Fund­ing (ERF).

In addi­tion to this fund­ing, we depend on con­tri­bu­tions from vol­un­teers and donations.

While Ter­ri­to­ry Fam­i­lies has con­tributed to the fund­ing of this web­site, the infor­ma­tion on this web­site does not nec­es­sar­i­ly reflect their views and is not advice that is pro­vid­ed, or infor­ma­tion that is endorsed, by Ter­ri­to­ry Fam­i­lies. The North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment and Ter­ri­to­ry Fam­i­lies are not respon­si­ble in neg­li­gence or oth­er­wise for any injury, loss or dam­age how­ev­er aris­ing from the use of or reliance on the infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed on this website.