Emerge Women & Children’s Support Network is seeking a new Executive Officer after Paula Westhead announced her resignation in May.  The Emerge Board thanks Paula for her commitment to Emerge and for her passion for wanting to help women and children in crisis. 

The Board has commenced a recruitment process to appoint a new Executive Officer. 



Emerge Women & Children’s Support Network is operating as usual.  We have been declared an Essential Service so our doors will not close.  We are working with DV VIC, Family Safety Victoria and DHHS to ensure we can continue supporting women & children escape family violence.

For the most up-to-date information on family violence and COVID-19 please click this link to visit the DHHS website.

If you can help by donating please click here to see the full list of items that we are requesting on behalf of our families.

Stay safe and look after each other.


Emerge Women & Children’s Support Network is an independent organisation delivering 24/7 housing and support services to women and children at a time of crisis; and provides vital outreach to women and children living in the community, often with perpetrators in their own home.

Founded over 40 years ago, Emerge is the leading family violence and housing service in southern metro Melbourne, supporting women and children from across Victoria.

We offer a safe place to live and support women while they navigate the myriad of services to start again.

As part of our refuge and outreach services, we offer tailored programs aimed at assisting women to rebuild their lives and learn new personal and professional skills as they begin their journey towards independence.

We support the mental wellbeing of children and infants through arts therapy, afterschool and therapeutic play programs.

We have DGR status and donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible.

Emerge is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.

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Services at Emerge

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Emerge works across the fields of family violence and homelessness by assisting women and children escape violence.

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We rely on the financial support of generous people like you. Every gift counts.

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Emerge aims to help women and children become independent after fleeing family violence. There are many ways to be part of our wonderful community.

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News and Events

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We are committed to raising awareness of the issues affecting women and children experiencing family violence.

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