$596,190 to help abused

By Ivy Jensen

OUR abuse victims will be given practical support to help them leave violent relationships thanks to a boost in funding.

The Victorian Government is providing $40million over two years for more flexible support packages to help with expenses faced by those escaping family violence.

Centre for Non-Violence (CNV) will receive $596,190 which will support victims in areas including Campaspe Shire cover costs like rent, home alarms, CCTV, clothing, beds, books, medication and education.

CNV client services general manager Yvette Jaczina welcomed the funding which she said would be well used across Campaspe.

‘‘The demand in Campaspe is reasonably high,’’ she said.

‘‘The funds will allow supports to be made available to victims to be able to leave a violent relationship and the means to do that, such as relocating to a different town, rebuilding after a violent relationship, addressing debt because of financial abuse or paying for unpaid utilities or rent which has been sacrificed because the perpetrator had control of the funds.

‘‘It could also be used to get re-established in a new home, moving forward with education costs, getting kids involved in activities, buying new furniture for the home or trips to re-establish with family members after isolation has been imposed on victims.

‘‘The funding will also give children the opportunity to recover as funds can be used to pay for counselling or therapy.’’

Flexible support packages, up to $10,000, can also help case managers work with survivors through early intervention, crisis and recovery to help with ongoing safety, stability and rehabilitation.

This funding, provided in the Victorian Budget 2018-19, supports the delivery of several recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the funding would ensure victims would get the help they needed to live a life free of violence.

‘‘Family violence remains our scourge and no community is immune,’’ he said.