Victims of family violence can now access support packages to assist with financial and practical support needs in order to leave abusive relationships or heal after leaving one.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and/or Family Violence (FV) can occur across all communities, social classes, ages, cultural backgrounds and geographical areas. These Flexible Support Packages are designed to provide limited financial assistance to victims/survivors of family violence within the LGBTI communities. They can be allocated to individuals or families who are seeking to leave or have recently left intimate partner or family violence circumstances. The intention of these packages is to assist people to stabilise and improve their safety in a crisis or post crisis situation.
The Victorian Aids Council (VAC) have specific funding to support LGBTIQ individuals and are talking referrals for this program. Up to $7000 in support is available for people to pay for access to safe and sustainable housing, relocation costs, purchasing household goods, medical bills, school fees, counseling and reconnecting with family.
Contact the Counselling, Alcohol & Drug Services Program (CASP) Duty Worker on (03) 9865 6700 or ask to speak with the LGBTI FV Program Coordinator.