27 September 2023

Orange Doors busy after six months

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A network of Orange Doors in the Central Highlands has helped more than 6,000 people, including more than 2,000 children and other youngsters, in the first six months since it opened last October

Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Gabrielle Williams said the Central Highlands network included a primary site in Ballarat, an access point in Bacchus Marsh and outposted services planned for Ararat, Hepburn and Golden Plains.

“The Orange Door network in the Central Highlands has already helped and supported thousands of locals when they needed that support the most,” Ms Williams said.

“Orange Door networks are ensuring no matter where women and children live, they can access advice and support,” she said.

Ms Williams said the Orange Door network, a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, could be accessed via a dedicated telephone number; by referral from other support services; or in person at a physical or outposted site.

She said all 17 planned Orange Doors were on track to be opened by the end of next year.

She said the network brought together workers from specialist family violence, child and family, Aboriginal, and men’s services to help people experiencing family violence.

Ms Williams said the network also provided support to parents and carers with the wellbeing and development of children and young people.

Further information on the Orange Door network can be accessed at this PS News link.

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