New Orange Door for Inner East Melbourne

The average recorded family or domestic violence cases throughout Hawthorn a year is around 800 cases, with an average of 8,000 in the Eastern Metropolitan area alone.  What is even more concerning is these figures don’t register incidents that may go unreported or are hidden.

Family violence is ugly. It can be a very difficult subject to discuss and sometimes even harder to find support for. If family violence occurs in any form we want to ensure that’s where the harm stops. One time is too many.

The Victorian Government is supporting more women and children escape family violence with the rollout of the Orange Door Network in an additional five areas of the state, as we continue to implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Orange Door Network will expand Melbourne to cover Hawthorn and inner-east. As well as new sites in Ovens Murray, Wimmera South-West and Outer Gippsland.

Orange Door is about providing every family the specialist support they need regardless of where they live. From workers across family violence, child and family services, Aboriginal and men’s services, along with emergency and crisis services.

The network is already operating in five areas across the state with our closest centre in Heidelberg covering North East Melbourne. The final four sites will be announced in coming months as work continues to ensure a local point of access for all Victorians no matter where they live.

The Government has already acquitted more than two-thirds of the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission, with 166 recommendations now implemented. Most recently, the Government has launched a family violence jobs portal to ensure the sector can continue to attract people with different backgrounds, experiences and skills to support Victorians – as the sector ramps up to help end family violence.

We’re also teaching medical practitioners to better deal with family violence with the development of a family violence training program. It will include undergraduate and graduate training for prevention of family violence, continuing professional development, as well as guidance on appropriate responses to people with mental illness who have suffered family violence.The training will mean a stronger approach to identification and early referral for victim survivors and more effective treatment.

Acquitting another Royal Commission recommendation, Victoria Police are already trialling the use of body worn cameras during family violence incidents.The Government is also investing $3.4 million to prevent violence before it starts, with a focus on supporting women and families from Aboriginal and multicultural communities, as well as those with disability.

Since the Orange Door Network opened in 2018, almost 100,000 Victorians have been referred or directly sought help for family violence.