About Us

As the registered charitable arm of The Sista Code movement, our vision is to see women and their children happy, thriving and living independently after escaping the trauma of domestic violence.

As such, Got Your Back Sista offers benevolent relief and support to women and children escaping domestic violence and are at risk of living below the poverty line.  We give a hand up for them to begin again and live independently.

Focus Areas

Got Your Back Sista provides a pathway from refuge accommodation to sustainable independent housing, living and employment.
The charity is focussed on providing these services within the Hunter, Central Coast and Taree Regions with a look to expand to providing services throughout NSW in the next 12 months. We offer:

Our Board

Got Your Back Sista is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee with 5 board directors. It has been registered with the Australian Charity and Non-Profit Commission and has full DGR status with the Australian Taxation Office.

Melissa Histon
Melissa HistonFounder, Director & CEO
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Business (Notre Dame) and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience including governance, financial management and marketing from previous board positions and senior management roles. After founding The Sista Code in 2014, Melissa founded the Got Your Back Sista non-profit organisation in January 2016 to see vulnerable women thriving and living independently.
Belinda Smith
Belinda SmithChairperson
Belinda holds a Masters of Business Administration, is the Founder of Equal Futures Project (Hunter) UN Women Australia; CEO of Rapid Solutions; President of Alumni Advisory Committee, Newcastle University; and Committee member of Commstrength for Youth Suicide Prevention.
Heidi Pollard
Heidi PollardDirector
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Comm.); Master of Arts (Comm.); Chair of the External Advisory Board for the University of Newcastle’s Communication Program; Founder and Chair of the Professional Communicator’s Network and she is the CEO of UQ Power.
Chad Watson
Chad WatsonDirector
Chad is a media executive with more than 25 years’ industry experience, covering metropolitan and regional areas. He is a White Ribbon anti-domestic violence ambassador, a Justice of the Peace and a Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame committee member.

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