A NEW service supporting women and families experiencing family violence is one step closer to opening in Bendigo, after the state government found a location for the service.
The Victorian government announced in October 2018 that an Orange Door hub would be coming to Bendigo.
The hubs - which were a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence - provide a single point of contact for established services.
The Bendigo hub was meant to open within a year of the announcement, but the state government said the site would now open before the end of 2020.
The Bendigo Advertiser understands the government has chosen a site in inner Bendigo. There are requirements for the site in terms of safety, proximity to transport, size, and accessibility.
"The Orange Door is a central point where people can access coordinated services across family services, specialist family violence programs, and programs for men who use violence," a government spokesperson said.
"Importantly, it is not about the physical premises, but the network that sits around it, and access points that will be available in the region to plug people into the Orange Door Network.
"The network has been supported through state government funding prior to the primary premises being established."
The Bendigo Orange Door partners will be the Centre for Non-Violence, Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative, Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, and Anglicare.
There are already six Orange Door hubs open across the state. Offices in Geelong, Frankston, Morwell, Swan Hill, Mildura, and Heidelberg opened in 2018.
The state government also flagged in October 2018 that new hubs would open in Ballarat and Shepparton.
The Victorian government has committed to rolling out 17 Orange Door hubs across the state by the end of 2022.
More than 50,000 Victorians have already received support from the service since the hubs opened two years ago.
Victoria Police data shows family violence incidents in Greater Bendigo have increased by more than 30 per cent in the past year.
Bendigo police recorded 1915 incidents in the region in 2018-19, which is up from 1465 in 2017-18.
Numbers have also risen across the past five years, from 1663 in 2014-15, to the more than 1900 in 2018-19.