A number of brokerage options and other funds exist for those experiencing family violence. The main options available in the northern metropolitan region are listed below.
Family Violence Flexible Support Packages
Family Violence Flexible Support Packages are distributed across the northern region by Anglicare Victoria (North East Metropolitan Area) and Kildonan UnitingCare (Hume Moreland Area).
Anglicare and Kildonan received additional funding from DHHS for 2016-2017 to provide Family Violence Flexible Support Packages. Together the services now have funding to deliver nearly 500 packages (at an average of $3,000) in accordance with guidelines.
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
inTouch is also funded to provide flexible support packages to CALD women across Victoria. Where an agency is unable to access flexible support packages through Kildonan or Anglicare, inTouch will consider an application for CALD women.
A number of other services in the NMR have limited brokerage as part of their service offerings. Brokerage is often aimed at clients of these services.
Safe at Home
The Safe at Home Program provides support for women and children experiencing family violence to stay in their housing, when it is safe to do so. Limited brokerage can be used to increase the security of properties.
Victims Assistance Program
The Victims Assistance Program provides brokerage for victims of crime, including victims of family violence. Brokerage is generally used for clients of the service, with a focus on recovery from the crime, but the service will consider partnering with other organisations in relation to brokerage costs.
Integrated Family Service Flexible Support Packages
Child First and Integrated Family Services provide Integrated Family Service Flexible Support Packages. The packages are used for a variety of purposes, not only family violence, and tend to focus on the whole family. The type of brokerage available depends on the guidelines, which differ between the two catchments in the NMR – Hume Moreland and North East Metro.
Other Financial Assistance
Centrelink Crisis Payment
Centrelink’s Crisis Payment is for victims of family violence, and is a one-off payment equal to a week’s payment at a person’s existing income support payment rate. The Crisis Payment does not include extra allowances or supplements.
Housing Establishment Fund and Private Rental Brokerage
- Housing Establishment Fund (HEF)
The Housing Establishment Fund assists individuals to access and /or to maintain private rental housing, or to access emergency short-term (usually overnight) accommodation for people in crisis who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Private Rental Brokerage
Private Rental Brokerage is a grant program to assist households to establish or re-establish in the private rental market.
Specific material relief and housing services can be found in this online Community Service Directory.
Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
VOCAT provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime committed in Victoria. VOCAT assists victims to recover by providing financial assistance for expenses incurred, or reasonably likely to be incurred, as a direct result of the crime.
For more urgent needs, an application for interim financial assistance (generally medical, counselling or funeral expenses) can be made prior to the final determination of an application for financial assistance.