Kara House


Welcome and Chair’s Message

Hello and Welcome to Kara House Inc.’s Website.

With the prevalence of domestic violence on the increase, the Management Committee of Kara House felt the necessity to increase the Community awareness of this most important organisation.

By developing this website we hope it will give us a higher profile in the Community, particularly via the internet, for easy accessibility and a quick release button to ensure anonymity for users.   This increasingly important service is offered to women and their children, experiencing violence and fear in the one place they should feel safe and secure, in their home.

Kara House has been offering refuge to women and children for over 35years. Initially it was started by the Italian community group Co.As.It., as a refuge for Italian women. Today, Kara House offers support to all cultures and nationalities, as domestic violence is not selective. Kara House Refuge can only house 5 women and their children but the Kara House Organisation also supports many women and children in Transitional Housing Accommodation and Motels.

With the reduction in affordable rental housing and public government housing, women and children are forced to stay in crisis accommodation such as Kara House’s refuge for much longer, resulting in extra support for a longer period of time. This means that more resources are required to support them physically and emotionally.

As a Crisis Service, Kara House is not funded for children or non-resident women, so with that in mind the Management Committee has set up a Development Committee for the sole purpose of fund raising to provide the basic necessities of life  for our women and their children until they can be resettled in a safe place.

It is a sad reality that domestic violence does not appear to be abatting and services like Kara House will require many more resources than we currently receive. It is with this in mind I would appeal to those who can help and support Kara House Inc. to do so. Details for this support is in the body of this web site.

It is with a feeling of hope and anticipation that Kara House will be able to continue with the support to women experiencing domestic violence and particularly their children who are our future and know that they can live a better and safer life.

Kind Regards,

Margaret Morrissey
Kara House Inc.