The Orange Door
The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.
- Women, children and young people's family violence services
- Child and family services
- Aboriginal services
- Men's family violence services
Contact the Orange Door on 1800 319 355, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (closed on public holidays)
After hours support services
If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 000 (triple zero).
Statewide after-hours services
Safe Steps 1800 015 188
(24 hours, 7 days a week)
- For women and children who are victims of family violence.
Victims of Crime Helpline 1800 819 817 or text 0427 767 891
(8am to 11pm every day)
- For adult male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
(24 hours, 7 days)
- A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292
(24 hours, 7 days)
- For victims of sexual assault
Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491
(8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday)
- For men using controlling behaviour, women seeking information and friends, family or colleagues of people who are using their experiencing family violence.
Child Protection 13 12 78
(5pm to 9am Monday to friday, 24 hours on weekends and public holidays)
- For children and young people whose safety is at risk.
About family violence
Family violence is abuse by a person to someone they are in a family-like relationship with including their spouse, partner, children and in-laws.
Family violence includes:
- any type of physical violence, such as slapping or punching
- forcing someone to take part in sexual acts, even if you are married
- making threats or calling names
- controlling contact with people outside the family
- denying someone access to money
- children witnessing this abuse
Family violence is against the law and is never your fault. Find out more about the types of family violence and the causes by visiting the Orange Door.
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. It may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual.
If you or someone that you know is experiencing elder abuse, you an contact Seniors Rights Victoria for information and support.
Epping 9409 8100 (24 hours)
Mernda 9216 1200 (24 hours)
Mill Park 9407 3333 (24 hours)
Whittlesea 9716 2102
Family Violence Strategy
We have developed a whole-of-council strategy to improve gender equity and prevent family violence against women. Equal and Safe was adopted by Council in 2019.