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Kara House - General Appeal


Family violence is a harsh reality our community faces. One in 5 women will experience some form of violence while at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner. Kara House has provided safety, advice and emotional support to over 350 women who have experienced family violence in the past year.

Sara - Client story

For years Sara had lived in silence with the shame of family violence at the hands of her husband. She had stayed for the sake of her children but the day her husband beat her eight year old son for intervening, in front of her terrified younger children, she knew she had to escape. She left the family home in secret with little more than the most basic belongings and her three children. Her husband controlled the family finances so with no access to money her only option was crisis accommodation. With no close family she reached out to community services and was referred to and welcomed into Kara House women’s refuge in Melbourne. Without the support of Kara House, Sara may well have ended up as just another statistic reported in the news.    

Sadly Sara's story is not unique.


What do we do?

For almost 40 years Kara House provides highly secure, safe crisis accommodation and outreach services to support Victorian women and their children who experience family violence; who are in need of relocation or support services in order to ensure their safety. Each year, we help approximately 350 women and their children no matter their background.

In addition to providing temporary refuge accommodation, Kara House provides transitional housing and rehabilitation support, client advocacy services such as assisting with court orders or visa applications, children's activities and community education. 

How you can help?

By making a donation to support Kara House you are demonstrating to the women accessing our services, that the community does care and they are not a forgotten statistic. Your donation directly contributes to programs that enable women like Sara and her children to rebuild their lives.

What you can do? 

Help us provide a secure future for our clients and make a donation today. All gifts are tax deductible. 

How your gift will be used: 

  • $25 purchases a basic toiletries and essentials pack for a new client
  • $50 purchases backpack, lunchbox and drink bottle for a child going to a new school
  • $100 funds a week's worth of Art Therapy for traumatised children
  • $300 purchases basic appliances for a client to set up their new home
  • $1,000 provides specialist trauma counselling services for a client

Are donations tax deductible? 
Yes. Every gift made in Australia over $2 is tax deductible

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.

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Contact Details

P.O Box 308

(03) 9899 5666

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.