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.

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.

We work alongside them to plan the steps they need to take to move towards a new life free from violence.

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Our safe house is accessible 24/7 and provides secure and immediate accommodation typically for seven to ten days.

Our refuges provide longer-term (up to around 13 weeks) safe accommodation for families escaping violence who are still at risk and have nowhere else safe to go.

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 relationship came during the first three weeks, when she and her teenage son lived in their car in a McDonald’s car park. But 12 months on was when she reached her lowest ebb.

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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 alleviate debts and sort out legal problems. So far around $400,000 of debt has been waived through their efforts.

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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 safe house.

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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.