Growing concerns of family violence in growth areas

Today’s State Government update on the Orange Door roll-out is another step closer in addressing the needs of those in our community who are experiencing or have experienced family violence.

City of Casey CEO Mr Glenn Patterson welcomed the announcement that The Orange Door Network will expand into Melbourne’s southern region, along with four other regions of the State.

“Casey’s family violence statistics highlight the urgent need for an Orange Door in the City of Casey,” said Mr Patterson.

“The Orange Door is a crucial service that brings together organisations that support adults and children who are experiencing family violence. The City of Casey is a central location for communities in the south east growth corridor.”

“It is not surprising given Casey’s large population, 360,000 now, growing to 550,000 by 2040, that the reported number of family violence incidents is the highest in Victoria.

“Disturbingly, during the COVID-19 response, police reports of domestic violence in the area have jumped between 25 – 30 per cent on the same time last year.”

Council is continuing to work with the State Government on solutions.

“We know many in our community are not safe in their own homes, and an Orange Door close to home would help more women and children at risk,’ added Mr Patterson.

“An Orange Door Hub in the City of Casey would attract the services and professionals needed in Victoria’s Growth Corridor and it would be another step forward, in a challenge we all need to meet.”

For those experiencing or at risk of violence, or if you or someone you know needs help call the 1800 Respect National Helpline on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au.

Always call 000 in an emergency.

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