If you are in immediate danger, call 000 for Police and Ambulance help.

Or call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). This is a 24hr national sexual assault, family & domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family & domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Program Information

The Women’s Resilience Centre clinical program provides medium-term accommodation for 3 to 12 months for women and their children who need a roof over their heads, after-crises care or hospital stays.

The program also draws on other evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

The Psychological treatment program is trauma-informed, solutions-focused and evidence-based. The clinical program is based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy (ST). 


Our programs include practical life-skills courses; money management and budgeting, work readiness skills and life-based education day sessions.
The program will also encompass comprehensive post-discharge relapse prevention via structured mentoring and peer-support programs for women as they
re-enter society.

Evidence in this area suggests that relapse prevention programs, such as booster sessions, social support and mentoring, are effective in the maintenance of treatment gains and will ultimately help individuals stay away from their abusers.


Program residents will be partnered with a peer ‘mentor’ who will act in the capacity of a sponsor for them during and after treatment. The Women’s Resilience Centre will provide peer to peer survivor mentoring programs, where women will be paired based upon common interests, experiences and values. Matching survivor mentors to mentees enables women to share their learnings, experience, strength, and hope, and will support program residents to move forwards with agency and self-esteem. The peer mentor offers positive guidance and assurance for women and these relationships often outlast the program itself. To be a mentor you need to have demonstrated a healthy survivor recovery, with support around you, and a desire to give back and help another person along their journey. To be a mentee you simply must have the desire to listen, learn and grow.


Attendees at our physical program will also be engaged in integrated case management where they will have regular time with a dedicated social worker who can advise and support on life decisions such as engaging legal or financial aid, exploring housing options, and similar. Residents will also have regular opportunities to connect with other residents at a community level to learn from and support each other. Often in residential programs, much of the learning comes from outside the program sessions as much as it does from within them. Why? These women are no longer isolated and confined in domestic abuse situations and the community itself can provide critical and meaningful support.

Typical day in the program

During our residential program attendees will attend a variety of classes, group or individual sessions that focus on work readiness. Specific skills will be introduced to ensure that participants have the requisite academic, critical thinking and personal skills necessary to acquire and maintain employment. 

In addition, the life skills program content will focus on key issues such as financial management, self-awareness, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, interpersonal skills such as effective communication, and self-care skills such as stress management. 

These skills also provide an essential stepping stone towards sustained recovery after the trauma of family violence and abuse, and will help individuals build the life that they want for themselves away from their abusers.


The daily schedule will vary for each individual and their needs and also is specific to their program recommendations, however the following schedule offers a guideline to the daily content and structure.

Morning meditation
and mindfulness followed
by community time and peer review.

One to one or group
sessions which are trauma informed and
resilience focused.

Afternoon psycho-educational content and life experience sessions including time with social worker.

Mentor sessions,
community CODA
visitation, and time for self reflection.

Who would benefit?

The Women’s Resilience Centre is a place of hope, healing, and recovery for women from all walks of life who have experienced domestic abuse, trauma and violence.

The outcomes-focused program, the 1st of its kind in Australia, will change the legacies of women who come there to continue their healing and recovery post time in a refuge or shelter.

Therapeutic programs and care will be available to all women who need recovery from domestic abuse and violence. The Centre is a safe place for these women to work on their trauma and experiences to secure sustainable resilient long-term recovery for themselves and their children.

How would they benefit?

The evidence-based program will deliver a combination of life skills to women including resilience, purpose, trauma resolution, rebuilding self-esteem and giving them back agency for their decisions and future. The program will be delivered by compassionate and kind professionals via a reliable and consistent model of care.

After immediate crisis interventions, women find themselves to be very vulnerable and without ongoing recovery service options. Sadly, the reality is that many of them return to the very same unsafe relationships and environments. This is the cycle that our program wishes to break, the ripples of which will spread far further than just these women and their children but also beyond into wider communities.

Why would they benefit?

Women currently have options to seek refuge and safety from ongoing harm and abuse in shelters around Australia but, until now, there has never been a place available for these women to continue to work on themselves for the longer-term and to truly recover from the vicious cycle of abuse they and their children have received, often over many years.

Our effectual and clinically-evidenced programs are designed to enable these women to be resilient post treatment and to enjoy sustainable and holistic recovery. 

Kerry Chikarovski
I am delighted to be Patron of the Women's Resilience Centre. The Women's Resilience Centre addresses the current need providing a medium term accommodation facility after short term crisis care and helps women and their children to step into independent lives, breaking the vicious cycle of returning to abusive existences. The Women's Resilience Centre provides a tailored trauma informed evidence based supportive program, supported by UTS research and collaboration to ensure a consistent approach to long term sustainable recovery.
Online Training Modules
The WRC Online Resilience Clinic is available to all women who wish to gain access to therapeutic support for their long-term recovery from domestic abuse. This program can be accessed anywhere and is not limited to residential attendees of our program. Women who are not able to engage in a residential stay can still benefit from the program and can support themselves to stay in recovery and to learn resilience and other core skills for the longer-term.

Content has been designed and written by clinical psychologists, therapists and other professionals who have extensive experience in trauma-informed work and domestic abuse encompassing DBT, CBT and other models of care.