Following various Covid-19 lockdowns around the nation in 2020 and 2021, many states and territories have reported jumps in the number of domestic violence cases during these periods. Accordingly, the Federal Government has announced the ‘Escaping Violence Payment’, available to help those women and children leaving a violent relationship to begin afresh.
The scheme, which became available on Tuesday 19 October 2021, is a one-off payment of $5,000 to help women establish a life free of domestic and family violence. The payment will be comprised of $1,500 cash with the remainder available for goods and services or direct payments of bonds, school fees or other support to help establish a safe home. The payments will help assist those women and children effected by domestic violence overcome one of the barriers preventing them from leaving violent relationships and home situations.
The payment is not considered taxable or reportable income, and it will not affect any other social security payments already being received. Uniting Care Australia has been selected as the service provider. More information, as well as the eligibility criteria and application process, can be found at their website.
If you are in immediate danger, call 000. If you are seeking legal advice regarding your home circumstances, or are experiencing family or domestic violence, please get in contact with our office to speak with one of our Accredited Specialists in family law.