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Refuge Victoria has grown from its grassroots origins of passionate volunteers to become a statewide specialist family violence crisis accommodation service.

Our team of dedicated staff work across more than 50 crisis properties, and pioneered the State’s first Core and Cluster refuge – a model endorsed by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

In addition to providing quality facilities, we work to empower clients with the skills and confidence to reconnect safely back into the community.

The people that make up our organisation are compassionate, committed and driven by the belief that every person has the right to live safe and free from violence.

Child Safe Statement of Commitment

Refuge Victoria is committed to the Child Safe Standards to create a culture of child safety that reduces the opportunity for harm. Read our Child Safe Statement of Commitment here.

Our Story

Our first refuge was established back in 1976 by community members and volunteers who sought to help women and children who were unsafe in their homes.

Our Board and CEO

Refuge Victoria is an independent not-for-profit incorporated association governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who each serve a maximum tenure of six years.


Forty-five years ago, a group of women in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne came together to create ‘safe houses’ for women and children experiencing family or domestic violence.

Reports and Publications

View this year’s Annual Report or browse our catalogue of reports from previous years.

Latest News

Our news section includes articles on a variety of topics, from new refuges we are developing to broader news about the family violence sector.