Macquarie University seeking participants of interest – study documenting the history of women’s refuges in regional and rural NSW

Have you worked and/or volunteered at Carries Place, Maitland, Lyn’s Place Taree, or Warrina Refuge Centre, Coffs Harbour? You are invited to participate in a study documenting the history of women’s refuges in regional and rural NSW. We want to hear from individuals who would like to share their personal stories and experiences of working/ volunteering in these regional women’s refuges. The histories of urban NSW women’s refuges have been significantly documented. However, very little has been written about the contributions of regional women’s refuges and the experiences of those working within them. Share your story and be a part of creating this history.

If you would like to share your experiences in an oral interview or have any materials (e.g. photographs, written documents etc.) you would like to have included in this study please contact Alexandria Hawkins (Macquarie University, Department of Modern History) –

This project is being conducted as part of a PhD study at Macquarie University and is supervised by Associate Professor Michelle Arrow and Associate Professor Tanya Evans.

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email