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Queensland - Glossary Term

Female Rescue Home

Female rescue Homes began as institutions associated with female rescue movement which was based on Evangelical Christian principles, and aimed to reform 'fallen women' (women engaged in prostitution) through a combination of prayer and hard work. The operations of the female rescue Homes in Australia were not limited to the rescue of fallen women. Increasingly, these Homes catered to single mothers and their babies. Some female rescue Homes specialised in women with particular difficulties, such as alcohol and drug dependency, or women released from prison.

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth