Women fleeing domestic violence on the Eyre Peninsula will now have access to a one-off payment of up to $5,000, following the announcement of a two-year Escaping Violence Payment trial.
Women will receive financial assistance of up to $1,500 in 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 UnitingCare Australia Consortium, which includes Uniting Country SA in Port Lincoln and Ceduna, were selected as the service provider to deliver the payments and will also support women and children engage with other relevant support services.
The Escaping Violence Payment is not considered taxable or reportable income and will not impact any other social security payments a person may be receiving.
Eligibility includes financial stress and evidence of domestic violence, through a referral from a domestic violence service provider including a risk assessment and safety plan, an AVO, court order or police report.