The Whitlam government funded 11 women’s refuges and shelters across the country. Many are known by women’s names, to signify a safe place for women, for example Molly’s House, Beryl’s Women’s Refuge, Joan’s Place, Bonney’s Women’s Refuge. Initially women’s refuges were funded under the Women’s Emergency Services Program. Following a review of the existing crisis accommodation programs, the programs were incorporated into the Supported Accommodation and Assistance Program introduced by the Labor government in 1985-86. (Source: Weeks & Oberin 2004)
Pictured is a refuge set up in Watson, Canberra.