Emerge Stories

Emerge Stories

Read about some of the people we have worked with and who work with us.

In just four months since Emerge’s 24/7 refuge opened five women and 12 children have had their lives begin to turn around.

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There’s one element missing at Emerge’s new refuge and that is a sensory garden, according to Executive Officer Paula Westhead.

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Over the past few months and throughout the stringent pandemic restrictions and lockdown, Emerge therapist Jane has been meeting a young boy every week for arts therapy.

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The word crisis in Chinese can be either an opportunity or a danger depending on one’s perception of the situation. For the staff and volunteers at Emerge, COVID-19 has been challenging but also an opportunity to work differently and learn new skills while retaining a trauma-informed approach to the work.

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It goes without saying that security is a vital component in keeping women and children safe.

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Asha is living her own version of Escape to the Country, thanks to the Victorian Government’s flexible support package program.

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In its submission to the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor, Emerge has highlighted many gaps and emerging trends that have been exposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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It is finally Spring. There are signs of new life: bulbs emerging through the winter soil, birds nesting and trees waking up. It has been a very difficult winter for us all locked up in our homes as we endeavour to beat the pandemic.

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Helen Ewing has long been an advocate for women. In fact, she has made a professional and volunteer career out of mentoring women. Her passion drew her to volunteer with Emerge a year ago and she has not looked back.

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Lipstick and chocolate…the perfect coupling for many women and both had a central place in the Bags of Love handed out on Mother’s Day.


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