Labor Government Boosting Flexible Family Violence Support

25 November 2015

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a boost for more practical support for those experiencing family violence, to help them leave a violent relationship and create a safer, more stable future.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said $12 million over four years will fund Flexible Support Packages to assist with expenses faced by those escaping family violence.

Packages of up to $7,000 will pay for things like rental or relocation costs, furnishings, clothing and books for children or security measures to improve safety at home.

They could also be used to pay for outstanding bills, cover medical costs or enable enrolment in education or training courses to develop new skills to help find employment.

The new packages are available immediately, delivered across the State in metropolitan, regional and rural areas by 15 family violence support service providers.

This funding is in addition to the Labor Government’s $81.3 million package to boost family violence services, including the establishment of Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Flexible Support Packages will provide much needed practical support ahead of the Commission’s recommendations being handed down next year.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“The scourge of family violence in Victoria is unacceptable and we are committed to doing everything we can to support women and children who are affected by this crime.”

“These packages will assist with practical things like bills and household payments to help women and children experiencing family violence move on to a safer, more stable future.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson

“Through our Flexible Support Packages, women and children experiencing family violence will get the support they need, when they need it.”

“This funding is about providing practical and personalised assistance that can make all the difference for those experiencing family violence.”

Reviewed 10 February 2021

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