Friends With Dignity Sanctuary Program

Friends StepUp

A safe and secure home is something most of us take for granted.

We StepUp to transform houses into sanctuaries for people who have escaped domestic violence to start their new journey with dignity, free from abuse.

StepUp. Partner with Friends

Partners StepUp

Our Partners, Sponsors and Supporters StepUp for Friends.

Friends with Dignity is not possible without the support of our Founding Friends, Partners, Sponsors and Supporters!

Friends SpeakOut

Speak Out about domestic and family violence.

Fundraise for Friends and together we give people the dignity of a home to call their own.

StepUp Volunteer with Friends

Friends Support

Do you have skills that can make a difference?

Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do at Friends with Dignity.

There are heaps was ways to StepUp and volunteer with Friends. We need a hand with the heavy lifting behind the scenes as well as at the sanctuaries.

Friends with Dignity

Friends with Dignity is a national not-for-profit organisation providing assistance to men, women and children
who have been displaced by domestic violence.

Founded by former Director of Assist A Sista, Manuela Whitford, our dedicated team of volunteers work with
registered referral agencies to turn houses into welcoming sanctuaries for people escaping domestic violence.  

Together we give people the dignity of a home to call their own.

How you can help

Families fleeing to a refuge often have nothing. Follow us on Facebook. We post lists of what we need in each Sanctuary as we need them.


We thank all our Sponsors and are always looking for more. If you would like to be a sponsor us please contact us at

Make a difference

Our volunteers change lives. They come from all walks of life and believe in a world where everyone has access to a safe and loving home free from abuse.

Stories from our clients

“When I saw the pillow on my bed with the words “Love” on it , it touched my heart so deeply as I could feel the love that the women had put into making my home a sanctuary.







It’s hard to express in words, how welcoming our client felt walking into Sanctuary 62. She was overwhelmed by beautiful work done by all of you. She said she loved specially her son’s room. The little beautiful things like toys, books, rug pictures on wall have added such a homely touch to house.

- Sanctuary 62

"As we moved through the unit, mum once again became so overwhelmed with gratitude for the way in which every little thing had been lovingly thought about right down to the bowl of fruit on the table and the tray of shells and pebbles. Mum picked up the plaque that had positive affirmations (in the kitchen) and read through it and again she became teary and said to please tell the women “God bless them all” and that she couldn’t find enough words to fully express her gratitude."

- Sanctuary 60

An empty property have transformed into a lovely and relaxing home, children now have their room filled with toys and books. You ladies provided everything that this family needed for their new home, this will help them to start new life with no violence.

I had the privilege of watching the amazement on mum's and her children's faces as they went from room to room. Mum just stood there with tears in her eyes and asked how people could be so kind.  I explained that you were all volunteers who wanted to make a difference to the lives of women and children leaving refuge.  She was so grateful. Friends with Dignity did such a great job, I don't know how they keep coming up with all these items.

- 'Social Worker' for Sanctuary 77

Help survivors reclaim their dignity

Friends with Dignity can only operate with the support of our friends. All donations go directly to supporting survivors of domestic violence to rebuild their lives and reclaim their dignity. 

We accept gift cards, cash, household and personal care items, and we issue appeals for specific items.

Friends with Dignity is a registered national charity, so any donation of two dollars and over is tax deductible. 

Featured Partners & Sponsors

Information for referral agencies

Friends with Dignity work with registered referral agencies to help survivors of domestic and family violence start their new journey with dignity.


Contact us

PO Box 5527
Q SuperCentre QLD

ABN 53 608 105 004