Helping women and children in need

About Us

In December 2015 Simone attended the Allison Baden-Clay rally and was deeply moved by the plight of women affected by domestic violence. At a time when the numbers of women dying or being severely injured through domestic violence have been increasing, she was concerned that not enough was being done by Governments to deal with the issue and decided to do something herself.

Simone Patterson and her husband Nigel purchased a property on the southern Gold Coast and converted it into a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic and family violence. The Sanctuary was established in 2016 as a private charitable venture (RETREAT FOR KIDS INC, Reg. number: CH2895) by Simone and Nigel.

Simone has worked for over 28 years with people from highly vulnerable and diverse backgrounds, including those affected by domestic violence, homelessness, financial hardship, offenders and prisoners.

  • The Sanctuary now helps to empower women and children from all backgrounds, to change their lives in a safe, healing and supportive environment.
  • The Sanctuary provides refuge, safety, comfort, nutrition, and case management counselling for women and children to help repair the trauma associated with domestic violence.
  • The Sanctuary has empowered many women and their families to escape from the cycle of domestic violence to create a brighter future.

We can all make a real difference to people’s lives and we would love to have your support as a member of our community.

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Inspiring Others

testimonials

“The Sanctuary is a place of love and community.
It’s a happy positive place. It’s a beautiful place to be…”

Simone Patterson

“The support that the Sanctuary receives
from the community and our partners is inspiring

Simone Patterson

Our Partners

Working together to create create long lasting community benefits.

Our Work

Empowering Women and Children to escape the cycle of Domestic Violence.

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Our Partners

Working together to create create long lasting community benefits.

Our Work

Empowering Women and Children to escape the cycle of Domestic Violence.

Social Hub

Connect with us. Keep up to date on Sanctuary events and latest news.

Get in Touch

Want to get involved? Contact us direct for more information.

 

Contact Us:

admin@sanctuaryrefuge.com.au

PO Box 9 Elanora QLD 4221

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