Escaping Violence Payment.

Money worries shouldn’t stop you leaving a violent partner.

Family violence

Paying the costs of moving to safety.

The Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) Program is available for people 18+ who have recently experienced family violence, have a changed living situation and are experiencing financial stress.

That violence can be:

How does it work?

If you have recently left and you are struggling with the finances to live your life in safety, you could be eligible for:

You do not need to be connected to Uniting to access the program. If you are already working with a family violence support service, talk to them about what to do next. 

If you are in a situation of danger now, please call 000. If you are experiencing family violence and need immediate support or advice, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 and they will let you know what you can do. 

Who can access the service?

Use the below information as a guide to whether you can access the payment. All of the below requirements must be met in order to be eligible.

EVP is not a crisis intervention service.

The payment is available to:

Experiencing Family and Domestic Violence
Change to living arrangements due to Family and Domestic Violence
Financial Stress

FAQs

The Escaping Violence Payment program offers financial assistance and confidential support for people who have recently left a violent intimate partner. It will help you move forward and set up a home that’s free from violence.

The Escaping Violence Payment program can help you re-establish safety after leaving a violent partner. There is financial assistance and other confidential support services. You might be eligible for up to $1500 in financial assistance such as vouchers and depending on your needs, other goods and services and wrap-around support.

Connect with your local program partner to find out more (including eligibility). You do not need to be a client of the UnitingCare Network to access the payment and you can be referred by any family violence or other support service.

If you are over 18, experiencing financial stress, and have just left a violent intimate partner, you may be eligible. The Escaping Violence Payment is available to all Australian Citizens.

Help is available now if you, or someone you know is experiencing or at risk of domestic, family or sexual violence. In the case of an emergency call 000, and for information, support and counselling you can contact one of the following services:

  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit 1800respect.org.au. This is the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line. This service is free, confidential and open 24 hours a day and supports anyone affected by domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au. Lifeline can provide all individuals with crisis support and help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state. 
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit kidshelpline.com.au . Kids Helpline is a free telephone and online counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Visit dss.gov.au for a list of domestic and family violence services and supports in each state and territory

We will determine your eligibility as quickly as possible. However, the service offered is not a crisis service – if you need immediate assistance, you should call 000 or 1800 RESPECT. 

No one will know that you have accessed the service unless you tell them. When you get in contact with the Escaping Violence Payment program, you will be able to tell us how we can communicate with you safely, so that your enquiry will not be discovered by a perpetrator. We have a privacy policy and will not disclose your details to anyone else.

Yes. Privacy, confidentiality, and safety will be maintained at all times.

If you aren’t eligible for the Escaping Violence Payment program, you may be referred to other support services, such as specialist family violence services and local, state wide or national programs.

Our partners

The program will be established and provided by the UnitingCare network, including UnitingCare Australia with 9 organisations around the country linking into state and national family violence services. The delivery partners in each state are 

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