The Safer in the 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. Safer in the Home programs are available through the Salvation Army
Should a refuge have a woman in their care with an urgent need, and no funds can be found elsewhere, the refuge may apply to Impact for an interest-free loan.
Impact will offer Bursaries to children in Refuge needing to relocate schools to cover the costs of uniforms, textbooks, stationary and excursions.
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.
Safe Steps facilitate the Disability Family Violence Crisis Response Initiative. This initiative supports victim survivors of family violence living with a disability, or who have disability needs, including temporary conditions and conditions due to family violence. Carers and parents of a child with a disability can also access support.
Professionals can contact Safe Steps Specialist Family Violence Disability Liaison Officers via [email protected] to access brokerage assistance for their clients, as well as secondary consultations and information regarding the initiative.
To read about eligibility criteria and/or to apply for EVP funding go to Uniting’s website here
EVP Fact Sheet For information on the program
One-Off Financial Assistance
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.
Get Active Victoria – Kids Voucher Program
The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment. Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each per round. Children must be aged 0 to 18 and named on a valid and issued Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare card to be eligible.
Victorian Energy Compare – Power Saving Bonus extended until June 2022
The $250 Power Saving Bonus for Pensioner Concession Card holders and some Health Care Card holders (including JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy recipients) has been extended. Before submitting an application for the bonus, please read the eligibility requirements here: compare.energy.vic.gov.au or call 1800 000 832.
Support available at No Cost
Medicare bulk-billed and convenient online psychology sessions available when you want, Australia wide. You can connect with psychologists 7 days a week, including after hours. They are Medicare bulk billed, giving clients 20 free appointments every year with no out-of-pocket costs. For further information and bookings visit the website.
FREE Individual child or family counselling is available by Qualified counselling staff. Child focussed counselling approach, individual trauma-informed counselling, single-session counselling, evidenced-based supports, family Violence informed counselling, and LGBTIQ+ friendly. Offered over a flexible timeframe by phone, online and/or face-to-face. Call Orange Door Bayside Peninsula – 1800 319 358
Mental Health & Wellbeing Hubs – Cheltenham, Frankston and St Kilda
The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways. Even as Victoria reopens, it’s important to take care of your mental health and know that help is available near you. If you’re having a difficult time or are feeling overwhelmed, you can get support through your local Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub. Walk ins are available or phone 1300 375 330.
The program provides women with support to goal set around their budgeting, set goals for and be accountable to themselves around money. All aimed at capacity building financially for victim survivors. The program, fully funded to 2024 by the Commonwealth Bank, has a national reach and accepts referrals from all Human Services working with victim survivors. Refer to the attached brochure.
Family Violence Response Financial Support
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.
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.
The Family Violence Scheme supports people affected by family violence.The scheme allows people to apply to have their infringement fines withdrawn if family violence substantially contributed to the offence or it is not safe for them to name the responsible person. Find further information about the Family Violence Scheme. Ph: 1300 019 983.
State Schools Relief
State Schools’ Relief provides support to any Victorian student attending a government school (primary, secondary or specialist), on the advice of the school. Schools are able to submit an application directly, via the SSR online portal, whenever they believe there is a need to support a student whose family/carers are facing difficulty in providing the appropriate uniform, footwear or educational items for attending school. Situations include, but are not limited to:
- Health issues/illness
- Financial difficulties
- Independent living and/or homelessness
- Natural disasters, house fires
- Domestic violence
All applications are processed within 24 – 48 hours and you will receive confirmation of application/s by email. Orders will then be delivered within 4 working days. Please note the School needs to submit the application on behalf of families, further information is available here: stateschoolsrelief.org.au/schools
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