A new family violence service is on track to open in Warrnambool later this year.
A Family Safety Victoria spokeswoman said a lease had been signed and recruitment was under way for The Orange Door network service to open in Warrnambool.
The network is a free service for all ages and backgrounds to seek help and support for family violence, as well as families in need of support with the wellbeing and development of children.
The spokeswoman said a site had also been secured for a new Aboriginal refuge for victim-survivors of family violence in Warrnambool and design was under way.
The location for the sites is not yet known.
The refuge, which was announced in January, will provide short-term emergency accommodation for those in crisis.
The Orange Door Network brings together workers from specialist family violence, child and family, Indigenous and men's services to provide a coordinated network of specialist support services.
Two support and safety hubs will be established in Horsham and in Warrnambool after the Wimmera South West Family Violence Partnership successfully argued that although part of one region, both the Wimmera and the south-west needed their own hubs to deal with regional disadvantage and high rates of domestic violence.
The Orange Door is a state government initiative born from a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Support from network will be available in person or over the phone, with no referral required.
A report released on Thursday showed family incidents remained a continuing problem across the south-west with increases in the local government areas of Warrnambool (up 10 per cent), Southern Grampians (up 12 per cent), Moyne (up 26) and Glenelg (up 11).
The number of family violence incidents fell slightly in the shires of Corangamite (down five per cent) and Colac-Otway (down four per cent).
The spokeswoman said services at Emma House were continuing to operate to provide help and support to victim-survivors of family violence.
Repair works to the Kepler Street building where Emma House operates is continuing after being damaged by storms in December last year.
The works are expected to take some time due to the heritage nature of the building.
Emma House is a Warrnambool-based not-for-profit service and can be contacted through 1800 EMMADV (1800 366238) or visit emmahouse.org.au.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
Safe Steps for women after hours service is available through 188 015 188.
Brophy Family and Youth Services can be contacted on 1300 BROPHY or 03 5561 8888.
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