New program creating new hope
The Escaping Violence Program (EVP), announced by the Federal Government on Sunday 17 October, will provide new hope and opportunities for people to escape domestic violence and will be delivered by UnitingCare Queensland in Queensland.
The two-year trial will provide financial assistance for people to leave unsafe domestic situations and help them set up a home, free from violence. The EVP will provide access up to $5,000 in vouchers, goods, services and support.
The program is being funded by the Commonwealth Government as part of its $1.1 billion commitment in the 2021-22 Federal Budget to help end violence against women and children.
UnitingCare Queensland wellbeing general manager, Luke Lindsay, said financial insecurity is a major barrier for people to leave a violent relationship, and the EVP provides an opportunity to overcome that.
“Not physically having access to money or resources, or having somewhere to go are leading reasons why people cannot escape violent relationships,” he said.
“Now, by having access to some means it will empower people to make the decision to leave, and importantly, enable them to do so.
“Additionally, they will also have access to a network of services, that will support them setting up their new home,” Mr Lindsay said.
Access to the EVP will be available from Tuesday 19 October and is expected to support up to 24,000 people across Australia over the next two years.
“We know there is a need for this support, and we look forward to helping as many people we can through our network of services across Queensland,” said Mr Lindsay.
Luke Lindsay is available for interviews.