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.