Our Special Projects

In addition to our regular programs, GOT YOUR BACK SISTA also gets involved in special projects which will substantially improve and support the lives of many women escaping Domestic Violence. Our aim is to help vulnerable women begin again.

In our projects, we value measurable impact and sustainability for those women in need.

Some of the projects that GOT YOUR BACK SISTA is currently running or has previously supported are described in the following:


Project 4: ‘I Run for Her…to take the next step’ Community Campaign 2020

Join the campaign ‘I Run for Her…to take the next step!’ support Got Your Back Sista to help women and children begin again after fleeing domestic violence.

On the 19th July, 7am, Got Your Back Sista Chair, Belinda Smith, is running a half marathon in isolation – running the streets of Newcastle on her own as a reminder to all women experiencing domestic violence that there are services and people in the community who can support them.

You can also do your own run on the 19th July to show your support for people affected by domestic violence, past or present. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to make a donation to sponsor you to run. Any fundraisers who raise a minimum of $200 will be given a special Got Your Back Sista running shirt for your run on the 19th July OR you can purchase a shirt for $50. Register at mycause.com.au/events/irunforher

Join together with your colleagues, friends or family and create a fundraising ‘Team’ or run and fundraise as an ‘Individual’.

Sadly, many women and children have been living through COVID-19 isolation with domestic violence.

Domestic violence is never acceptable! The ‘I Run for Her…to take the next step’ run is a reminder to all people experiencing violence to know that the community stands behind them to reach out and ask for help.

The funds you help raise will assist women escaping domestic violence set up a safe home with new household items and will help provide tailored workshops to gain the skills and confidence they need to feel empowered and thrive. Thank you.

To register visit mycause.com.au/events/irunforher

Project 3: Maitland Shelter August 2018


Here are our wonderful volunteers who gave their time to help us at Got Your Back Sista put together a 5 bedroom women’s shelter in the Maitland area! Thanks also to all the wonderful people and businesses who donated furniture, linen, TVs, bar fridges, books, toys and more to make this shelter into a lovely place to stay for some of the most vulnerable women and children in our community!

It really does take a Village to care for others in our community and we are so grateful to our GYBS community. Now the shelter is set-up and ready to house people, the wonderful organisation Carrie’s Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services Inc. will manage the running of the house.


Project 2: Respectus Shelter 2017

The aim of this project was to end homelessness of women and children escaping Domestic Violence in our region. Our objective was to convert an old property into a 10 bedroom crisis home in the Newcastle area.

Our charity is so proud to have such a wonderful team of volunteers who have come together on Saturday mornings to work on our project.

Project 1: Hunter Valley Crisis Accommodation August 2016

Our great team of volunteers helped us to set up a new house in the Hunter Valley using furniture and lovely new household items collected from our beautiful donors, supporters and partners.

The Result


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