News & Events

From the Executive Officer – November 2019

November 6, 2019

In a few weeks Emerge will once again take part in the annual Walk Against Family Violence on Monday 25 November at noon from Federation Square.

Emerge was at the forefront of the first Walk Against Family Violence, held in 2008. Together with other family violence services, local councils and Victoria Police, the aim was to raise awareness to help break the silence on family violence.

Today the silence has been broken but it remains necessary to continue walking to help end family violence.

Family violence impacts every corner of our society. We each can make changes within our own families, workplaces, schools and communities, to be accountable for our behaviour, and to no longer ignore the effects of violence against our mothers, sisters and daughters.

Here at Emerge we witness daily the impact of family violence and the resulting homelessness on the women and children we support.

In November, we open our new 24/7 purpose-built refuge designed by the award-winning architectural practice Harrison and White and overseen by Family Safety Victoria and Department of Health and Human Services Victoria.

This is a thrilling moment in our 40 plus year history because we will for the first time be able to offer one, two and three bedroom units together with a communal kitchen, living room as well as a support hub for women in outreach. The refuge has been carefully designed to provide personal and communal space to allow women and children to recover from the impact of family violence and homelessness.

The refuge means that we will be able to broaden our services as well. In this newsletter, you will read about our new Family Support Volunteer Program and a Women’s Counselling Service made possible through a student placement with Swinburne University. These are exciting initiatives, and much needed for the increasing number of women and children we are seeing.

We are also delighted to welcome Nicki Batagol, our new Chair, and together look forward to growing and deepening our programs.

Paula Westhead

Experiencing family violence? Click below to make a plan that works for you.

Go to safety plan