There are many refuges/hostels in the community. These offer shelter to people who are in danger if they stay in their usual place of residence, or are homeless.
Different refuges and hostels offer servies to different groups of people. For example, some hostels may accommodate single males. Although people can contact reguses and hostels directly, many people are referred to refuges by a government department, a health professional, the police, a social worker, a welfare officer, or a community agency for example: a domestic violence, incest or sexual assault service.
Phone numbers are usually listed under the heading of 'accommodation', 'emergency shelter' or 'refuges' in the telephone book under the health and community information pages.