Family Violence

We support women and their children who want to be safe from family violence by providing 24/7 crisis support and temporary accommodation.

We operate crisis accommodation for women and children who need to immediately escape family violence. The women needing our support have experienced, or are at immediate risk, of serious harm: through physical and emotional violence, threats, sexual assault, and stalking. Our crisis accommodation is accessible 24/7, and provides secure and immediate housing, typically for seven to 10 days.

Our refuges provide longer-term safe accommodation for families escaping violence who are still at risk and have nowhere else safe to go.

Our outreach support also extends to women living in refuges, transitional housing or their homes.

Megan’s story

‘There’s always been a piece of the puzzle missing’

It might have seemed that the worst moments in Megan’s journey to escape a violent...

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WEstjustice partnership leads to alleviation of crippling debts

Financial abuse is common in violent relationships, and can hold women back from leaving and establishing new lives.

The WEstjustice community legal service has achieved amazing outcomes in working with women to...

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Vivid portraits of the emotions of women and children who have experienced family violence

'Smarty pants, kitty or tiger?' is a powerful insight into the impact of family violence.

The book is a compilation of artwork created by women and children living at our family violence...

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One in four women are affected by family violence.

One woman a week on average is killed by her partner.

Eight women a day are hospitalised because of family violence assaults. One in 12 of these is pregnant.

In Victoria, in 2019-2020, the total number of incidents of family violence increased by 6.7%.

For women aged 25-44 family violence is their greatest health risk factor - greater than smoking, alcohol, or obesity.

65% of women with children in their care reported that the children had seen or heard the violence.