Welcome to Beryl Women Inc.

Beryl Women Inc. provides support and safe housing to women and children escaping domestic/family violence.

We welcome all women regardless of age, financial situation, religion, background or nationality.


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Referrals for accommodation or other support are taken via FirstPoint; the ACT's central organisation for crisis and emergency accommodation for those escaping domestic and family violence. Please see our 'help' page.








What's been happening at Beryl lately?   


  • Beryl History Project- Have you ever stayed at Beryl or worked for Beryl? Call for Participants 
    Beryl will have seen 40 Years of operating to support women escaping Domestic Violence in Canberra in 2015. We are creating a book about Beryl's her-story to celebrate and share this very important part of Canberra's history.

    We are seeking people who have either stayed with Beryl, or have worked for Beryl since she first opened in 1975. We invite you to participate in a brief survey, or if you are willing to, we are also holding focus groups for verbal participation along with one-on-one interviews (in person, or on the phone).

    The survey asks "how would you like to take part" - you may take part simply by completing the survey. You do not have to do an interview, or attend the party in March 2015 if you don't want to. All participation is voluntary and you may choose to participate anonymously (with no name, or a fake name).  
    Click Here to access the survey online
    Click Here to download a Word version you can print out and send back to us
    (beryl_women@bigpond.com, or, PO Box 355, Dickson ACT 2602)

    If you have any questions about the project, you can contact Farzana Choudhury (Beryl History Project Coordinator) on 0431 422 822 or at farzana.choudhury@gmail.com. Responses are required by 3 October 2014.
    Thank you for being part of Beryl's journey!


  • Project 'Children's Playroom' (proudly supported by the Snow Foundation): 
    We're currently working on a project to retro-fit a double shed into a beautiful space for our Children's Program. The final 'product' will be a colourful, open and safe space for our Children's Worker to run therapuetic groups for the children and young people living in crisis accommodation with Beryl.

         We're interested in hearing from canberrans who are interested in helping us with this project; especially          those who may have some qualifications in building, electronics, plumbing and who have some spare time          to assist with planning and advice. Please contact us on (02) 6230 6900 or at beryl_women@bigpond.com.

  • Calling for particular items (donations): 
    We have need of some specific items, if you have these to donate for us to give to people in our service we'd love to hear from you! We're also always on the lookout for television set-top boxes & DVD players.

                         Gaming Consoles: We're really keen to get our hands on any of your old game consoles, controllers                          and games for our new playroom.


Campaigns, Events and Causes

Beryl Women Inc, as an organisation working with those affected by violence and homelessness, supports many campaigns, events and causes. Through support of these, and similar events, we work towards a peaceful and more inclusive society. For more information about any of the campaigns, events or causes we support just click the relevant link below.


Beryl Women Inc. is a registered supporter of this campaign. 1 in 20 Australians have experienced discrimination based on their race. We have the power to change this. Beryl has always been a recognised provider of services to all women, regardless of race or background. The organisation has policies in place to ensure a consistency of response to allegations of racism within the service - we take it very seriously, and often use the opportunity of a complaint to provide education to people who use racist language, and who hold racist attitudes.

The Australian Human Rights Commision has been working on a National Strategy to address the real and damaging issue of Racism in Australia for a number of years now. This has included the creation of one of the biggest campaigns against racism Australia has ever seen.
Click here for more information.

Support Services


You are not alone; in addition to Beryl Women Inc, there are other agencies in Canberra available to help you.

Go to our Help page for details.     


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