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More than a refuge

June 15, 2018

When a woman escapes family violence, she needs more than a house. That is the view of Jess, who heads up Emerge’s refuge and crisis accommodation service.

“When women and children first arrive at the refuge, they are traumatised and often with nothing more than a suitcase of clothes, and a toy for any children with them. Our job is to help them emerge well from violence, provide them with the appropriate support to start again,” Jess said.

Emerge runs a high security refuge, five crisis centres and offers an extensive outreach program and children’s therapy program. This package includes practical support to assist women accessing legal, financial, and medical services.

“On any one day, an Emerge case worker will help a woman liaise with Centrelink or drive to a job network appointment, contact the Salvation Army for a Family Violence Flexible Support Package, transport a woman to a food bank, chemist, or help her find a new school for her children,” Jess said.

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