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Women’s Liberation Halfway House History

Women's Liberation Halfway House History WLHH was established in 1974 by a collective of women who saw the need for a safe place for women and children wanting to leave situations of family violence. This establishment grew from the Melbourne Women's Liberation Movement and as a result the focus was very much on the empowerment of women and children from a societal and political context.

The same women at the forefront of placing women's issues on the political agenda also provided direct support to women experiencing family violence.

Work was on a voluntary basis and funding was limited to donations received by a variety of sources and donations.

Over the years many women have been involved in the development and growth of WLHH including residents, collective members and workers. WLHH has played a major role in establishing and supporting subsequent women's specific services including what is now known as the Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre (SS) and Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC).