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Unleashing Your Potential

Build foundations for a bright future
At The Girls Refuge, we’re committed to empowering you to reach your full potential. 
If you are not attending school while you are staying with us, our staff will provide you with advice and support to access pre-employment training and living skills support to help you live independently.
Through a variety of engaging activities, mentorship, and personal development opportunities, we’ll support you in developing essential life skills, fostering resilience, and building a strong foundation for a brighter future.

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Orientation and Goal Setting

When you are staying with us, we will discuss your interests and any plans you might have for education or employment. Together, we’ll identify areas of personal growth and aspirations, creating a roadmap for your journey.

Skill-Building Workshops

Engage in a range of skill-building workshops tailored to enhance your knowledge and abilities. From communication and leadership skills to financial literacy and self-care practices, these workshops will empower you with practical tools for success.

Personal Development

Explore your interests, passions, and talents through a range of personal development activities. From creative arts and sports to mindfulness and self-expression, we offer diverse opportunities for you to discover your strengths, boost self-confidence, and nurture your unique identity.

Career Exploration

Gain insights into various career paths and explore your vocational interests. We offer career exploration workshops, guest speaker sessions, and connections with professionals from different industries, helping you envision and pursue your desired future career.

Peer Support and Connection

Connect with a community of like-minded individuals who understand and support you. Our staff provides a supportive and inclusive space where you can build friendships, share experiences, and create lasting connections with peers who are on a similar journey.

Transition Planning

As you approach the end of your stay with us, we’ll assist you in creating a personalised transition plan. This plan will include support and resources to ensure a smooth transition into further education, employment, or other suitable opportunities, enabling you to continue your journey towards a successful and fulfilling future.
Remember, at The Girls Refuge, you’re not alone. Our Crisis Accommodation, Day Program, and Outreach Support services are here to provide the support, care, and resources you need to overcome challenges, build a brighter future, and realise your full potential.

Success Stories


Lizzy first presented to The Girls Refuge at the age of 14 due to family breakdown. Lizzy was in a situation where the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) were unable to work with and support the family, and the family were not willing to relinquish their parental rights.
As a result, Lizzy has been moving from crisis refuge to crisis refuge and has moved four times in an eighteen-month period.
Lizzy is now 16 years old, does not have the emotional or practical skills at this stage to live independently, and will need to develop these quickly to secure transitional or long-term accommodation.
If Lizzy had been able to remain in the first crisis service she accessed, her circumstances would have greatly improved. She would not have been at risk of re traumatization through changing services, having to retell her story over and over, or continually developing new relationships with staff and clients. This also can have negative impacts on family restoration, with the consistent changing of services and support staff, working not only with Lizzy but with her family.
Lizzy is a good example of why we need more supported medium to longer term accommodation options for under 16s. This case shows that continuum of care models are critical to enable soft transition from crisis services to transitional services and then on to longer term accommodation.


When Susie arrived at TGR she had been transient since the age of 12, experiencing homelessness due to significant domestic and family violence perpetrated by her father. Susie’s mother has her own existing mental health struggles and has often verbally abused Susie as a way of coping with this. Susie has a tumultuous relationship with her separated parents and often found herself needing respite by couch surfing when things became volatile at either home. Upon arrival at TGR, Susie was completely disengaged with school, had a longstanding history of self-harm and suicide ideation, and was having consistent mental health presentations at hospital every 3 to 4 days.

During her time at TGR, Susie has been able to learn about her trauma responses and has worked hard to manage her triggers. The safe and settled environment of TGR played a huge role in Susie feeling safe and settled within herself and we saw that her presentations to hospital became less frequent (and now non-existent). Susie can use her safety plan effectively before things become too overwhelming. Susie is now enrolled, attending, and receiving A grades at school and Susie has also just been accepted into transitional accommodation.


Ruby is a 17-year-old of Middle Eastern descent who was exited from an unsafe situation where her family were supporting an upcoming arranged marriage. The AFP removed Ruby and moved her across the state to The Girls Refuge. Ruby presented with distress and was having difficulty comprehending the situation due to a development delay. Ruby expressed suicidal thoughts and was hospitalised for 3 days in her first week at the refuge. Ruby has remained at the refuge for 5 months due to limited exit opportunities. Given Ruby’s age and vulnerabilities she is unable to live independently and the only option for TGR was to secure Ruby a place at a women’s shelter. Ruby will move into the women’s service on her 18th birthday. TGR have been able to support Ruby to register and attend school, have provided safe and supportive accommodations, assisted Ruby to build her living skills, supported her to access counselling and stabilised her mental health. Ruby has had no further admissions to hospital and has made tremendous growth in her time at TGR.

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Our friendly team today are ready to answer any questions you may have and help you get the support you need.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal land in which we live and practice and the cultures that here gather; our ancestors and future generations. We embrace anti-oppressive feminist practice, holding the hope of creating safety-centred positive change.
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