About us

Karinya Young Women’s Service provides short term crisis accommodation to young women aged 13 to 20 years; we are a Specialist Homelessness Service provider funded by both State and Federal Governments.  The service was established in 1979 to meet the need for safe, confidential, crisis accommodation for young women in the Launceston and greater northern Tasmania region.  Originally established as a feminist based collective model, the service altered its management structure in the 1990’s to incorporate the separate units of a Committee of Management and Worker Team, with a dedicated voluntary Management Committee. Karinya continues to function in a flat-structured management style. The day to day operation of the service is coordinated by the work team, with all staff rotating responsibility for specific areas of administration.

What We Do

Karinya provides short term crisis accommodation to young women aged 13 to 20 years; there is a worker on duty 24/7, and 365 days of the year. The main house provides accommodation for up to 6 young women and we also have two separate onsite units for extended crisis stays. We support clients to find longer term stable accommodation by referring them to other services.  We work with transitional support services in the region to deliver a cooperative case management approach for individual clients. We also provide referrals to service providers of education, mental health, sexual assault, pregnancy, legal issues, violence, drug & alcohol, relationship counseling and family mediation.