Welcome to the
Illawarra Women's Trauma Recovery Centre

The Centre is a place for women to heal and rebuild lives 

after experiencing domestic, family, and sexual violence. 

The journey for survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence may not end once women are no longer in a crisis situation or no longer in a domestic, family or sexual violence relationship. Research gathered from people with lived experience shows that healing and recovery may take many years. 

The Illawarra Women’s Trauma Recovery Centre is an Australian-first, long-term support Centre co-designed by women with lived experience, for women. The Centre provides comprehensive and specialised support to women who have experienced domestic, family and sexual violence, for as long as they need.

Through an innovative wrap-around approach, the Centre will support women to live independent and secure lives with hope and optimism.

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Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

The Women’s Trauma Recovery Centre is an initiative of the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre has operated in the Illawarra for over 35 years and provides free or low-cost and affordable medical, allied and complementary health care as well as health and well-being programs, groups and education to improve women’s health. The Centre is non-government and not for profit.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Illawarra Women’s Trauma Recovery Centre is situated on the land of the Dharawal Nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and we pay our respects to Elders past and present for they hold the memories, traditions and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. 

This land is, was, and always will be traditional Aboriginal land. We acknowledge that we work in the context of generations of resilient, strengths-based, holistic resistance to violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We commit to actively supporting and promoting the voices of Aboriginal people and organisations in our work. We fully support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.