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Northern Integrated Family
Violence Services Partnership
For professionals supporting the
safety of victim survivors in Melbourne's
northern metropolitan region

Escaping Family Violence Payment

The Federal Government has introduced a ‘new payment to help women escape violent relationships’. Victorian victim-survivors can now apply for the Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) through UnitingCare Vic Tas. The payment is available for people 18+ who have recently experienced family violence, have a changed living situation and are experiencing financial stress.

Assistance can include up to $1500 in financial assistance such as vouchers for essential items; goods and services such as removalists, bonds or basics for a new home and wrap-around support including casework from UnitingCare.

Victim-survivors are required to connect with a local program partner to determine their eligibility to access the funding, by submitting an expression of interest online.

There will be a two-year trial of the EVP to assess the benefit of the payment, including demands, eligibility criteria, needs of specific cohorts and how it works with related services. 

(Source: UnitingCare Vic Tas website & DV Vic/DVRCV eBulletin, 1.11.21)