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Peninsula Family Violence Program

What is Peninsula Family Violence Program?

This service supports women and children experiencing domestic violence. Our experienced staff offer support and information in a safe and confidential environment. The support we provide is guided by the woman's own choices and we support her decisions regardless of whether she chooses to stay in the relationship or not. Our staff are all women.

Who can use Peninsula Family Violence Program?

All women who live and/or work on the Mornington Peninsula can use this service. The Mornington Peninsula includes the following areas: Dromana, Flinders, Hastings, Mornington, Mt. Eliza, Rosebud, Rye, Somerville and Tootgarook.

Please note: women in need of high-security refuge are accommodated outside their local area for safety reasons.

What does Peninsula Family Violence Program offer?

  • Telephone information and support
  • face to face counselling and support
  • support and counselling for children
  • groups and forums where women can share their experiences and learn new skills
  • groups for women and children who have experienced violence, such as Peak-a-boo club that helps mothers and infants to form a bond.

We also run a high security refuge where women and children from outside the local area can receive short-term accommodation and support.

What are the benefits of Peninsula Family Violence Program?

Taking action against domestic violence can be difficult and frightening. Support can help women take the first steps towards a life free of violence and abuse.

Some of the women we have supported to begin rebuilding their lives after violence have written about their journey towards recovery. To read their testimonials, please click here.

How can I find out more about Peninsula Family Violence Program?

Phone 03 5971 9454 (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm).

If you need assistance outside these hours and for emergency accommodation, including high security refuge, call the Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 015 188 or visit the website.  

If you are in immediate danger call 000 (emergency).

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Our Domestic Violence Help Sheet provides useful information and a safety plan for women experiencing domestic violence.

They gave me back my respect ... and they gave me their support. [I realised] I can do things. I am a person capable [of] confronting problems and circumstances . [I realised] that I am strong ... I don't need to live the life that I was living because there are people behind me that can help me.