Due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria, our offices in Bendigo and Shepparton are currently closed.

We will re-open our doors on Monday 7th June, pending an announcement from the State Government about the end of the lockdown.

Help is still available.

If you have a legal or tenancy problem, our staff can provided legal advice and tenancy assistance over the phone. Please call us to book an appointment, or contact us via the forms on our Get Help page.

We know that lockdowns are hard for many people in our community, particularly those who live in more remote and isolated area, who are unable to work, or who may be struggling financially. We also know that home is not always a safe place, and that there is an increased risk of family violence in periods of lockdown.

If you are experiencing family violence, you are allowed to leave your house to get help.

Please see the information below about local support services.

The Orange Door

The Orange Door is the central intake point for family violence support and child wellbeing response. The Orange Door is the primary entry point for clients, and those attending will be assessed and provided with initial support. When longer term support is needed, clients will be connected with appropriate specialist agencies including family violence services, family services and Aboriginal services.

The Orange Door (Loddon) in Bendigo

1800 512 359

loddon@orangedoor.vic.gov.au

The Orange Door (Goulburn) in Shepparton

1800 634 245

goulburn@orangedoor.vic.gov.au

Centre for Non-Violence

There is no wrong door. While the Orange Door is the centralised intake point and your first point of contact, Centre for Non-Violence remains available to women and children seeking support because of family violence, and men who would like to participate in Men’s Behaviour Change programs.

1800 884 292

24 HOUR CRISIS RESPONSE

Safe Steps

This service is for women and children who are victims of family violence.

1800 015 188
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

www.safesteps.org.au web chat support service Monday to Friday until 9pm

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

This service is available for victims of sexual assault.

1800 806 292
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Support for the LGBTQI community

Thorne Harbour Health – counselling – (03) 9865 6700;

Drummond St Services – counselling (03) 9663 6733;

Switchboard/Rainbow Door – 1800 729 367

Men’s Referral Service

This service is for men at risk of using family violence, and their family/friends.

1300 766 491
8am to 9pm Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

In an emergency, call 000