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Building for the new Emerge refuge starts

December 11, 2018

Building is now underway on the new Emerge refuge with an anticipated completion date of 14 August 2019.

The new high-risk secure refuge will offer assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is one of the few 24/7 family violence safe houses in Victoria.

Award-winning architectural practice Harrison and White have designed the multi-purpose refuge to provide personal and communal space to allow women and children to recover from the impact of family violence and homelessness.

It will include state of the art one, two and three bedroom units with disability access. There will also be common areas, including a communal kitchen, living room as well as a support hub for women in outreach. The gardens will be properly landscaped together with a children’s playground, offering increased support and security for women and children.

The refuge will also be the base for Emerge’s children’s and infant’s program, which addresses the traumatic effect family violence has on a mother and her child, and helps children to process their experiences and express their feelings through art activities, play and therapeutic conversation.

Executive Officer Paula Westhead said the former refuge, demolished in November 2018, had served thousands of women and their children well for over 40 years.

“It was a much-loved home whose time had come. The new refuge will offer better accommodation and support for teenagers who are accompanied by their mother or female guardian,” she said.

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