Help with family violence

SAFE HAVEN... Prevention of Family Violence Minister Gabrielle Williams officially opens the Goulburn Orange Door service. Photo: Stephanie Holliday

WOMEN and families can now access a range of family violence and family wellbeing services in one safe place, with the Goulburn Orange Door network now open, across from Kmart accessible from the Vaughan Street carpark.

The Orange Door is part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

It strengthens support for children and families and in the Goulburn region it is a partnership between local service providers including Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative, FamilyCare, Primary Care Connect, Nexus Primary Health, and the Victorian Government.

The new site in Shepparton will be supported by an access point planned for Wallan, as well as outposted and outreach services across the region.

“Navigating complex systems can be hard, particularly during times of great stress and trauma. That’s why we’re making accessing advice and support as easy as possible – for people in Goulburn and across Victoria – through the Orange Door network,” Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams said.

“The Orange Door works to join up and coordinate key components of our family violence sector to ensure help is available when and where it is needed.”

The service can be accessed in person, via a dedicated telephone number, or by referral from other services.

The Orange Door network has helped thousands of people across Victoria since it began, bringing together workers from specialist family violence, child and family, men’s and

Aboriginal services to provide a coordinated network of specialist support.

The Orange Door is a free service, contactable on 1800 634 245, via email at [email protected] and they are open from Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm (excluding public holidays). Further information is available at orangedoor.vic.gov.au