Opinion

Cash support for victims

By Shepparton News

New Victorian Government funding to support the victims of family violence will provide a lifeline to those trying to start a new life in Greater Shepparton and the shires of Moira, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Murrindindi.

Announced by Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos yesterday, the funding will cover the costs associated with family violence beyond the obvious financial strain associated with family violence.

Flexible support packages up to $10000 will be available for victims which could ultimately help them to break the cycle and not return to living with a violent partner.

We do not immediately think of the incredible costs involved in starting a new life.

Victims must not only find the funds to cover rent but also one-offs such as bond payment as well as enhancing safety in their homes, such as installing CCTV cameras.

They are often left with not just the cost of establishing a new life for themselves, but also the lives of their children.

It is another step the government has made towards reducing family violence as well as violence towards women in general.

The Victorian Government should be applauded for its recent policy and funding surrounding family violence matters.

The funding comes just days after the doors opened at Victoria’s first ever dedicated family violence prevention agency Respect Victoria, which will work to address gender inequality as a root cause of family violence.

According to the Victorian Government, it has already provided $12million for Respect Victoria and it will continue to receive dedicated and sustained funding.

It is encouraging the flexible support packages will be filtered through VincentCare Victoria so local victims will be able to access the funding through local support services.