Monday, October 8, 2018
Berry Street is proud to be involved in one of Victoria’s new Support and Safety Hubs in Ballarat. Known as The Orange Door, the hubs help protect women, children and families from violence and give people an easier way to access family violence services.
"Berry Street commends the Victorian Government for announcing a further three Orange Door safety hubs on 4 October. The announcement includes a new hub in Ballarat where Berry Street will provide an integral role as Family Violence specialist," Berry Street CEO, Michael Perusco.
"These safety hubs create single point of entry for victims of family violence, help identify women at extreme risk of violence more quickly, and get better support for them to stay safe."
Establishing the Support and Safety Hubs was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the State Government’s Roadmap for Reform. The Orange Door provides free help and support and can be accessed without a referral.
Berry Street offers family violence services free of charge throughout our Northern and Western regions. Berry Street also provides the Specialist Family Violence Program at the Orange Door in Heidelberg, which opened in July 2018.
In 2017, Berry Street’s family violence service supported 1,258 women and children in Ballarat to keep themselves safe1. Our family violence specialist services are unique in that they are part of a child and family services organisation and have strong connections with Victoria Police, Child Protection and other organisations.
We look forward to working with government and other local organisations to help connect people experiencing family violence with appropriate services and help protect vulnerable community members.
More information on The Orange Door can be found on the Victorian Government website.
1. Berry Street Annual Report 2017, p.32, available at https://www.berrystreet.org.au/sites/default/files/Berry%20Street%20AR%202016-17.pdf